@ Pergamon

From Troy we were on the way south again and reached Bergama with the ancient Greek city of Pergamon on top of a hill.
Temple of Trajan


We passed through Bergama which is a modern city with a historic city. From there a very steep road leads up the hill to the Akropolis of Pergamon. There is also a funicular going up the hill, but it had stopped due to the strong winds.

Centre of Bergama

Very steep part on the way up

Very strong wind made the caravan rock
Pergamon was a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in the north west of Asia Minor. During the Hellenistic period, it became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon, who transformed it into one of the major cultural centres of the Greek world. Remains of it’s impressive monuments can still be seen, but like the Pergamon Altar many outstanding pieces are in museums like the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. When we had visited Berlin, the Pergamon Altar was under renovation and we didn’t have the chance to see it there either.
Strong walls protected the city

Hugh underbuild to create a platform for the temple



Temple of Trajan

Corinthian order
Many beautiful parts lie in piles, probably never assembled again
The steepest Roman theatre in the world

View from the windy top
Strolling through Bergama
In the hope to find warmer weather further south we were on the way again, passing through Izmir, a big and modern city.
 

Highrisers of Izmir

Modern business area of Izmir

Close to Ephesus, our next destination, we found a long lonesome beach to park for the night.

Parking for the Night

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