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“Tomb of King Midas and Museum”
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Ranked #1,508 of 4,197 things to do in Turkey
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

The Tomb is not very interesting, except for the wooden beams. The museum is more interresting, not only what is on the inside--which is rather limited--but the mosiacs on the outside, which I fear many people miss. The area leading to the site was interesing for the various crops, including sugr beets that were being harvested.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

On March 31, 2012 my wife and I visited Gordion after renting a car at the Ankara airport the night before. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to drive from near the Anatolean Museum of Civilization in Ankara to Gordion if you leave very early in the morning (6:30 AM). Gordion is a threefold site. There is the Tomb of King Midas, the Museum, and the acropolis or citidel of the ancient city of Gordion (a coupl of kilometers further down the road).

One of the most spectacular things for me was the approach to the site. You drive into the plain and see large tumuli lining the horizon and you know you are in the land of Phrygeans, The tumulus of King Midas is quite large and tall. You enter through a tunnel that was created by archaeologists to give access to the tomb chamber.There is little to see once you are inside, as access is restricted and you can't walk around the tomb. All you can do is stand at the bars at the end of the tunnel and look from there. This would be unpleasant if you were there with a tour as it would be one of those situations wehere you would have to walk up, take a quick look, and then move away so others could see. Nevertheless, what you see and what you smell are astounding. King Midas' tomb was basically a log cabin made out of cedar and yew logs. You can still smell the resin and the logs making up the cabin could have been cut down a couple of years ago, instaed of a couple of milenia ago. For the more skeptical, this might seem like a fake or a restoration, but this is what was reported by the archaeologist Rodney Young who first gained entrance to the tomb in 1957. Aside from the wood of the "cabin" this is one of the few places outside of Egypt where wooden furniture has been discovered more or less preserved. A table from the tomb can be seen in the Museum of Anatolean Civilization in Ankara, while a replica is at the local museum.

A few hundred meters further down the road from the museum turn left on the dirt road. You will see a low hill to your left. This is the ancient city. There is no parking lot and no signs and nothing to see from the road but the hill. We found it simply by guessing "this must be it" and climbing the hill. Once you climb the hill the excavations become visible. We enjoyed exploring this site, and as with so many places we visited during the earlier part of this trip we were the only people there for the full 3 hours we spent. The only people we saw for the whole morning were the museum staff and a lonely artisan selling replica Hittite rock engravings. His work was very good and very reasonable and mostly two sideded, so two for the price of one. We bought a piece and put it on our mantle when we got home.

A note of caution. While it was sunny the day we were there it had been raining the day before. The hill and the excavations for the ancient city were VERY muddy and the mud sticks and sticks until you are wearing a 10 pound mud boot on each foot! It is hard to get off. Fortunately, there were still some ver big puddles by our car and we were able to get reasonably clean shoes with rocks, sticks, and water :-). The car bore traces of the mud for the rest of our 19 days.

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Reviewed 13 September 2011

The tomb of King Midas of Gordion is much more mythical than it actually is. It is basically a low man-made hill with a long tunnel leading to the tomb in the center of the hill, and a small local cafe/convenience stop across the road as well as a small museum. The museum has some interesting things, mostly coins and spear heads, but it is not of a grand scale and looks like the inside of a small house. The tomb itself, after the long tunnel, is a bit of a letdown because you only get to see a tiny fraction of it through bars, and you have to strain your eyes to really see how big the inside is. The cool feature it boasts is the original wood and tree trunks used in the tomb, which are gargantuan, but other than a small preview into the tomb, which takes about 5 minutes if you try to stick your neck in between the bars (might be possible if you're a child, but definitely not recommended), there isn't really anything else to see or do. (Some brief history notes are posted on the wall) I wouldn't go out of my way to visit the site, but since it is on the way to Ankara from Cappadocia, it seems a likely stop for those traveling that route.

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