Smyrna Was Closed Today...
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
9Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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We drove past Troas and Asos, both sites mentioned in the bible but where there isn't much to see now, and ended up at Pergamon. This is a site with extensive ruins on a high plateau overlooking the modern town of Bergama. In Revelation, Pergamon is spoken of as the place "where Satan has his throne." It's easy to see what John meant in a sense, as the hilltop is where there was an alter to Zeus and a pagan temple
Our last stop of the day before going to our Hotel was at Smyrna, which is located within the large modern city of Izmir. There is a small excavation site surrounded by multi-level car parks and apartment buildings! Unfortunately, the site had closed early today so we had to make do with seeing what we could through the barred fence. Apparently there isn't a lot to see here anyway, so we didn't miss much.
Time to go - another early start tomorrow and it's already 10:15pm.