Photographer's Note

This is the tumulus or burial mound of what is now believed to be the resting place of the father of King Midas with the golden touch. There were many Kings with the name of Midas. It is the largest of several dozen mounds. The timber frame inside has been dated to 740 BC. This area is about 70 to 80 km south west of Ankara and was the centre of the Phrygian empire with Gordium as the capital. The tumulus is 53 metres high and 300 metres in diameter. Pottery, iron age beakers, furniture, bronze beakers, fibulae and statues can be seen in the nearby Gordion museum. The modern town of Yassıhüyük is close by in the Polatli district.

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