Pergamon and Troy
Trip Start Mar 28, 2014
17Trip End Apr 13, 2014
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Our first stop was the ancient city of Pergamon, which I have never heard of. It is the site of steepest Greek theater in Turkey. It had the 2nd largest library in Asia Minor and it was the home of the only health spa in Asia Minor. It was also where parchment paper was invented! Pretty impressive for a place I never heard of.
We visited the site of Asklepion which was a healing sanctuary, located at Pergamon
The first rain showers of our trip occurred as we were touring Troy, the site of Virgil and Homer's stories of the Trojan War (held sometime in the 11-14 centuries BC) and the Trojan horse. Luckily it was intermittent showers and Insight even provided us with umbrellas so it was not much of an inconvenience. There were actually nine different Troys built on the same site from 2500BC. Earthquakes and fires destroyed earlier versions of Troy. Given its age there is not much left at the site but it was interesting to see how building techniques evolved over the centuries.
For most people the major highlight at the site is the replica of the Trojan horse. Needless to say most of us climbed in it and took pictures. I got the feeling that not everyone feels there was such an event and that it might have been made up by Virgil and Homer who wrote about it.