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Roman Temple Köşk

The most difficult stage of our tour is the ruin site of Köşk (mansion ruin). Köşk is the name used today for the well-preserved Roman country temple overlooking the Merziman Valley. This sanctuary is situated on a bare hill 3 km east of the village of Göçmez. Following the road fromYavuzeli to Elif village, the walls around the sanctuary are clearly visible on the ridge a kilometer ahead in the direction of Rumkale. 

To get to the temple, you can travel 22 km along the Rumkale road by car, before having to continue on foot for about 2 km. There are pistachio trees here, and after walking for about 10 minutes, you will come to rocks at the end of the dirt road where the 55-minute climb up to the temple begins. It is essential to wear suitable walking shoes and watch where you step while climbing. Bear in mind that the rocks may harbour snakes or scorpions, so stay alert at all times. Heed any advice given by the shepherds who use the temple for shelter, and be sure to carry plenty of water to drink.

At the top, you will be rewarded with the sight of the temple built of large, cut stone blocks. It has a simple layout, with the area for worship in a courtyard surrounded by high walls. There is a cistern in the northwest corner. 

The small rectangular worship area is in the centre of the temple. A large portion of its north wall is still intact. We know from inscriptions that it was founded in the first half of the 2nd century AD. Only a few of the inscriptions have been documented. It is not known which deity or deities were worshipped here, or who administered the temple.

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