We left Çanakkale early this morning to be at Troy before the crowds. You are all familiar with the story of the Trojan horse, no, not a computer virus, and Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. The world of mythology is fascinating. The masses of literature available confirm this fact. So you have no excuse. If you don’t know then find a book!
The site was, sadly, not too exciting but still interesting. Excavations are being done at the moment but unfortunately some people excavated under false pretences and filled their pockets to the detriment of the world. Did you know this site represents approximately 10 ancient cities built on top of each other!
Unfortunately there is not much left of the altar of Zeus as it is in Berlin. The Turkish government is trying to get it back. Well kept and restored remnants of the Temple of Trajan and the Asclepion are proof of the existence of these old ancient cities. Looking at the beautiful Doric and Ionian decorated columns one can imagine what the “streets” looked like! Amazing and quite daunting to be on a site as old as this. Well worth a visit.
We had lunch at a great little restaurant, catering mainly for locals. The food was typical Turkish and was great.
The Asclepion, a healing temple, sacred to the god Asclepius, must have been quite a setup. In those days it was very “modern” and at the cutting edge of medicine in that era. The ancients were extremely talented and clever according to my reasoning.
We reached Kuşadasi only well after dark. The day was long, the drive even longer but the experience awesome and interesting.