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.
|Temple of Trajan|
|Temple of Athena in top right corner|
Bust of Trajan
|Secret Passage to theatre|
|Theater. It is 70 degrees steep|
|City of Bergama|
Temple of Dionysus
|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|
|Ancient symbol of Medicine with snakes|
|Entrance to 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|
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"|