Arsameia in Kâhta, Turkey

Kâhta is a district of Adıyaman Province of Turkey. It has a population of 66,503 (in 2012). It is a small town in countryside at the foot of Mount Nemrut. Main industry of this village is tourism. I did not see agriculture and live stock farming.

After having breakfast in the hotel, I was going to the ruins of Arsameia.

Scenery on the way to Arsameia Ruins from the hotel in Kardut

Scenery on the way to Arsameia Ruins from the hotel in Kardut

Kâhta Plan

Kâhta Plan

Arsameia on the Nymphaios is an ancient city located in Old Kâhta in the province of Adıyaman. The site is known in ancient times as Nymphaios. Arsameia was founded in the Third Century BC by the Armenian king Arsames (255–225 BC).

Walking up a mountain path from here to go to Arsameiya Ruins.

Walking up a mountain path from here to go to Arsameiya Ruins.

God of Mithras (Probably Zoroastrianism God)

God of Mithras (Probably Zoroastrianism God)

A relief of the god Mithras at Arsameia and Nymphaios. Arsameia and Nymphaios was cult and burial site of the Commagene kingdom in Southeastern Turkey.

Then, I found two relief but unfortunately I don't know what these are.

Then, I found two relief; The embossed relief of Mithradates, Arsameia Ruins (Nymphaios Arsameia), Mount Nemrut National Park, Kahta, Adiyaman.

Entrance of Arsameia came into view.

Entrance of Arsameia came into view.

The entrance of the tunnel, and passing through it.

The entrance of the tunnel, and passing through it.

Exit of the tunnel

Exit of the tunnel

When you pass through the tunnel, there are remains of the royal palace of Arsameiya.

Inscribed wall of the tunnel

Inscribed wall of the tunnel

Arsameia was a royal seat of the kingdom of Commagene.

Famous relief of Arsameiya

Famous relief of Arsameiya

Relief with a handshake; Mithridates or Antiochus and Heracles are shaking hands.

A stupid Japanese joined them.

A stupid Japanese joined them. But you will know size of this relief.

The view from the Arsameiya Ruins.

The view from the Arsameiya Ruins.

It’s time to leave this ruins, ancient Royal Palace of Arsameiya, for the next destination.

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