rock-tomb of a pontic king (amasya)

Rock-Tomb of a Pontic king (Amasya, Turkey)

Those royal tombs date from about 300 BC to 200 BC.­ They are carved in a vertical cliff above the city of Amasya, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Pontos.­

The man in the photo gives a sense of scale.­ The tomb itself (with a window which is in fact the tomb door) is like a small monolithic structure completely separated from the mountain, i.­e.­ they have carved a 2-3 meter space around the entire tomb, including in the back (which you cannot see here).­ So it is possible to go into the passage on the right side (near the man on the photo), walk around the tomb, and exit by the left side.­

For more informations about those rock-cut tombs, read www.­pontos.­dk/­publications/­books/­bss-9-files/­bss-9-06-fle.­.­.­

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Hatuniye Mh., Aktav Sk 2, 52000 Amasya, Turkey

Photos of Turkey (the country).­