A place of birth and death


Let your eyes rise from the Cendere Valley (with its red-ribbon bridge, see previous posts like this one) to the mountains above. These windswept highlands are part of the eastern extension of the Taurus Range located in southern Turkey. Their secret folds are the birthplace of the Tigris and Euphrates, the rivers that define old Mesopotamia.

The highest point on the distant horizon is a 7,000-footer known as Mount Nimrut (Nemrut Dağı). On its summit is a first-century BC funerary mound. Want to see it? Stay tuned!

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Travel in Eastern Turkey is tough these days, but trips to Israel-Palestine are in full swing. We have openings right now for trip scheduled May 25 through June 4, 2019. Inclusive price out of Washington Dulles is $3,963. Other departure cities are possible. Write me at markziese@gmail.com for more information or check our full list of study-travel opportunities here.