172x0x A glimmer of hope shines for Nemrut
- Apr 2, 1999x0x A glimmer of hope shines for Nemrut
Ankara - Turkish Daily News
The only surviving members of the 2,000-year-old Kommanege kingdom on
Mount Nemrut will be protected by the International Nemrut Foundation
based in Holland.
Foundation director Maurice Crijns stated that they were going to
protect and save the statues from the Kommanege kingdom that were
sculpted on the 2,150-meter-high peak of Mount Nemrut, the Anatolia
news agency reported.
During a visit to Adiyaman, Crijns indicated a protocol was being
signed between the Culture Ministry, the Foundation for Protecting
Culture and Natural Heritage, the International Nemrut Foundation and
the Turkish Democracy Foundation to protect and save the giant
sculptures, which are included on UNESCO'S World Heritage List and are
considered to be the eighth wonder of the world.
Pointing out that they had taken over the responsibility of protecting
the sculptures as well as the tumulus on Mount Nemrut, Crijns said,
"According to the protocol we will restore the sculptures to their
original form, and then they'll be transported to galleries to be
built by the Culture Ministry. Then imitation sculptures will replace
Crijns added that the tomb on the mountain's peak, which until now has
never been open to the public, would also be opened up for visits. "If
this project can be carried out, the Nemrut sculptures will be as
popular as the pyramids in Egypt," stated Crijns, adding that the
project would be financed by the Turkish Democracy Foundation and the
International Nemrut Foundation.
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