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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Day 12: Pergamum & Troy

May 1, 2013

Today we took a cable car up to the Acropolis of Pergamum. Pergamum was one of the largest cities in the whole Mediterranean during the Hellenistic period.  It had magnificent temples, a library, statues, and another theater. We also had an amazing view of the modern city of Bergama that sits in the valley below the ancient site of Pergamum.
Cable car





Temple of Trajan

Temple of Athena in top right corner

Bust of Trajan

Archways



Secret Passage to theatre


Theater. It is 70 degrees steep


City of Bergama

Temple of Dionysus

Roman Archways

Altar of Zeus

Next we went to Asklepeion, the medical school of ancient times. Here we all saw the sacred fountain, walked through the healing tunnel, and then around the treatment rooms. In the ancient times this site was known for the healing powers both physically and psycholocially.
Road to Asklepeion


Asklepion
Ancient symbol of Medicine with snakes

Sacred Fountain

Healing Tunnel




Entrance to Treatment Rooms

Treatment Rooms

Our last stop was at Troy, formerly known as Hissarlik. This site had a replica of the Trojan horse, currently under construction, however this site had many stories about the battles during the Trojan War and the hidden treasure of Priam, discovered by Schliemann. Throughout the history of Troy, seven cities were built, and we could see many of these layers that were discovered during excavation.

Layers of Troy

Rampa, where Priam's treasure was discovered

Layers of Troy

Sanctuary/wells

Bouleuterion

Trojan Horse

Finally we arrived in Canakkale, a city near the entrance to the Dardanelles. The Dardanelles is a natural waterway that connects the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and it is one of the three bodies of water that separates the Asian side of Turkey from the European side.
Arriving in Canakale! The Trojan horse of the movie "Troy"



Dardanelles

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