The King Rock Tombs in Amasya, which belong to the Pontus Kingdom period and were included in the World Heritage Tentative List by UNESCO in 2015, attract the attention of local and foreign tourists.


 Harşena Mountain and Pontus King Rock Tombs are natural and cultural areas that were included in the UNESCO "World Heritage Tentative List" in 2015. With Amasya becoming the capital of the Pontus Kingdom, monumental rock tombs were built on the southern slope of the mountain. There are rock tombs belonging to five kings from Founding King Mithridates Ktistes I to Pharnakes I in the Girls' Palace area of ​​Harşena Castle. The tombs belonging to the first five Pontus kings and arranged in monumental dimensions were separated from the main rock by galleries and carved in a U shape. Rock tombs; They are the most monumental tombs of Anatolia and are among the distinguished examples of the rock tomb tradition in the world.


The tombs, which draw attention with their architectural structure carved into the rocks on the hill about 100 meters above Yeşilırmak, turn Amasya into a center of attraction in terms of tourism.


It is known that there are 21 large and small tombs carved into limestone rocks on the southern skirts of Harşena Mountain for the Pontus Kings, who used Amasya as their capital from 333 BC to 26 BC.


Among the rock tombs, the "Great King Tomb" with a height of 15 meters, a width of 8 meters and a depth of 6 meters, and the triple tomb of kings carved very close to each other on the Maiden's Palace attract the attention. The rock tombs, which are known to have been used as prisons in some periods, are reached by stone stairs carved into the rocks.


Amasya Provincial Culture and Tourism Acting Director Hakan Karaman told Anadolu Agency (AA) that intensive studies are underway for the permanent listing of Amasya Harşena Mountain and Pontus King Rock Tombs, which were included in the World Heritage Tentative List by UNESCO in 2015.