Bergama and the ruins of Pergamon

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bergama was a strange mix of gouge-the-tourist prices and genuinely lovely people who stopped to give us a lift or chat to us. Sights they do have, namely Pergamon, a Roman city dating from 100BC including the oldest known hospital and a library to rival Alexandria. The main sites are scattered around town - we headed toward the Asklepion (hospital) only to find a huge military base between us and it. Well at least the army guys were friendly ("Australia - Harry Kewell!!" they say excitedly) and pointed us the immensely long way around to the Asklepion. We did a lot of walking but once the steep entry fees were paid we were let loose to wander among and over the ruins and reconstructions, mostly sharing the sites with a couple of sheep and chickens, or a tour group who would rush in and then out again half an hour later.

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