The lion and eagle, with the statues in the back.
Five giant seated limestone statues, identified by their inscriptions as deities, face outwards from the tumulus on the upper level of the east and west terraces. These are flanked by a pair of guardian animal statues – a lion and eagle – at each end.
The Hierotheseion (temple-tomb) of Antiochos I is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. Its complex design and colossal scale combined to create a project unequalled in the ancient world. A highly developed technology was used to build the colossal statues and orthostats (stelae), the equal of which has not been found anywhere else for this period.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: File 448: ‘Nemrut Dağı’ – World Heritage List, Unesco (see: whc.unesco.org) .