The Trojan Horse

Trip Start Jul 09, 2004
Trip End Jul 17, 2004

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Flag of Turkey  , Çanakkale Province,
Saturday, July 10, 2004

First stop of this adventure was Troia, or better known as Troy. Troy is often associated with the Trojan War and the Trojan Horse. Troy was an ancient city and as the heart of the Trojan War. I've had always thought of Troy being a fable-ish but apparently, it is in fact both factual and legendary city. I can think of at least 2 epic poems that revolves around Troy, whch are the Iliad and Odyssey. If Troy was the city, then that would make Trojans its people. This site is in effect listed as one of the UNESCO's World Heritage site.

As we arrive at Troia, all we could see was ruins and more ruins. It seemed to me as if this once famous ancient city is nothing but ruins. It was devastating really. Apparently, the current condition of the site was the result of devastating archeological excavation activities. What a pity huh? But none the less, it was still worth exploring and discovering in and outs of the ruins. Apparently, the ruins were actually made of layers of ruins of the citadel over the many years it was inhibited. They had an illustration of the layers of ruins in the archeological plan of the Hisarlik citadel.

It was great fun exploring Troia although I must say it was damn hot in Turkey at that time. The fact that the area had not much trees, made it worse. I took pictures everywhere in Troia but the truth is that I had no idea what I was taking. It was all rocks and ruins. 


Any mention of Troy of Trojan War woud definitely remind you of the Trojan Horse. Here at this site, there's a replica of the wooden Trojan Horse smacked in the middle of the place. It's obviously not the real thing. The giant wooden Trojan Horse was build meant as a playground for kids. But seems to me like it was the adults that ad the most fun climbing up the Trojan Horse.

They did manage to preserve some portion of the site. Cetain features of the old city remains and are still standing tall. Although I must say, I did fear some of the pillars and archway to actually collapse on me. But that was just my crazy imagination. It was fine all the way. No worries there. I guess the Romans do know what they were doing with the arches and all.

To be quite honest, I never expected Troy to be in Turkey. I would have imagined it to be somewhere in Greece or Rome. Silly me. Well, that's what you get when you don't so your homework or worse, when you skip your history lessons while schooling.

We spent quite a few hours at Troia. By the end of it all, I was ready to leave as it was getting hotter and hotter. It was afterall, noon and lunchtime bells are ringing. Hahahaha...

We said our goodbye to Troia and headed for our next city, Kusadasi which was very far from Troia. We past Izmir on the way but didn't get to stop.

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