Turkey: Karakus Tumulus

Karakus Tumulus is an ancient burial monument known as hierotesion (a Royal mausoleum). It was built at the time of the Commagene Kingdom by King Mithridates II for his monther Queen Isias and two sisters, Princesses Antichos and Aka I in 30-20 BC. The monument consists of three Doric columns, each 9m/30ft high on top of a hill that rises high above the surround terrain with views for miles in all directions. The columns are topped with reliefs and statues of a bull, lion and eagle. There’s not much to do here rather then walk around the hill and admire the scenery and think about history.