The last climb to the east terrace.
To have his Hierotheseion (temple-tomb) built, King Antiochus I Theos (69-34 BC) first had the top of the mountain (the highest of his kingdom) leveled, and replaced by a huge funerary mound of stone chips, originally 60 m high and with a diameter of 145 m. This tumulus of stone chips (still 45-50 m high) is surrounded on three sides by terraces to the east, west and north directions; the statues stand on the east and west sides.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: (amongst others) File 448: ‘Nemrut Dağı’ – World Heritage List, Unesco (see: whc.unesco.org)
& Personal visits (1983, 1987, 1994).