Troy Travel Guide

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Troy Things to Do

  • South Gate

    This is the South Gate of Troy VI that was probably the principal entrance to the citadel. Of the gate, only the roadway survives today. It led in a straight line up into the citadel and was entirely paved with stone slabs. In the middle of the road a drainage channel, possibly of Troy VII date, runs beneath the paving-stones.The South Tower...

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  • Roman Odeon

    The Roman Odeon was intended for the presentation of musical performances. Visible behind it are the Troy VI fortification walls and a pillar which belongs to a large house, the “Pillar House” of the Troy VI period.The Odeon, the baths and the nearby Bouleterion lie at the edge of the agora, the market place, where the public life of the city was...

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  • Lower City

    This is the lower city, to the west of Troy VI-late VIIa citadel (14th-13th century BC). Stone foundations of well built houses are clearly visible; they are very close to one another. The houses flank the street leading to the citadel.The almost complete foundation walls of a terrace house are particular important (Troy VIIa). At the back of the...

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  • Sanctuary

    The sanctuary was, perhaps, founded as early as the first quarter of the seventh century BC. It was dug into the ruins of the lower town of Troy VI and VII and these Archaic remains seem to have included altars, walled precincts and large buildings, perhaps temples. Best preserved is the altar in the so-called Lower Sanctuary. It is not known to...

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  • Palace House VIM

    This building stood on the lowest terrace of the great citadel mound and formed part of the Troy VI palace complex. The ceramic finds of this period display not only an advanced, independent style, but also a taste for Mycenaean imports. Immediately noticeable are four vertical offsets in the wall. The stones here are carefully cut. This detail...

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  • Ramp

    Part of the fortification wall contains the partially restored ramp of the Troy II citadel. Troy II was built on top of the remains of Troy Ia-Ie (i.e. Early and Middle Troy I) and is subdivided into eight building-phases, IIa-IIh.During this period the circuit-wall was several times built further out so as to enlarge the citadel. The rebuilding’s...

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  • Well

    This well is located near the Ramp and was built around 300 BC. It's original height would have been 37.5m but is now 27.65m but its depth remains unknown.

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  • Layers of settlement

    One of the best sites to see the different layers of Troy settlements (of which there are a total of nine), is close to the Ramp. Each layer has been clearly marked to give some idea as to how and when each was built.

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  • Schliemann Trench

    During the first three years of excavation, Schliemann had a deep north-south trench, 40 metres wide and seventeen deep, dug through the centre of the mound. It was conceived as a test-trench, reaching down to bedrock, by means of which Schliemann hoped to find “Priam’s citadel”. In the course of this operation important building remains from...

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  • Fortification Wall

    This is a section of the fortifications of Early and Middle Troy I, together with a tower. The gateway was only two meters wide. Troy I was built around 2920 BC directly on bedrock.Archaeological deposits four metres deep suggest a long period of occupation. The slightly inward-sloping fortification wall encloses a settlement which had a diameter...

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  • Megaron Building

    This Megaron (building with a porch) of mud brick was built directly inside the Citadel Wall. The Megaron was found with its walls still standing to a height of over 1.5 metres. Radiocarbon dating of barley corns found in the building show that it ceased being used between 2290 and 2200 BC. Destroyed by fire, the Megaron is notable for a central...

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  • Temple of Athena

    These are the remains of the foundations of an altar which belonged to the Greek and Roman temple of Athena. The remains of this temple had already been removed by stone-robbers when Schliemann began his excavations in 1871. Other limestone foundations were discovered at the same level. These derive from statues, altars and other small...

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Troy Restaurants

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    A small café is located in Tevfikiye – 600 meters from the famous wooden horse. You can have a short rest there and buy a cap of wonderful Turkish tea for 2 YTL ($1,5).
    There are a lot of souvenir shops nearby and the Schliman's house.

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Troy Transportation

  • How to get to Troy

    Troy (in Turkish Truva,or Troia) is located 30 km south to Çanakkale at the mound ‘Hisarlik’ on the east side of the river Scamander, where the Dardanelles strait join with the Agean Sea.You can get there by dolmush which is going to Tefvikiye from the bridge on Ataturk Cad (3 times a day, 30 minutes in a way). A large number of tourists visit the...

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  • Crossing the Dardanelos

    We arrived in Troy from Istambul, by car. For doing this, you must cross the Dardanelos Straight at Canakkale with a ferry boat.For me it was touching to sail the same waters that once sailed Jason, Medea, Heracles, Ulisses...

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    by SirRichard Written Dec 11, 2002

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    You buy the tickets at the entrance. And if you come by car, you must pay an extra for the car parking too. But if you are not in the mood for ruins and all you want is a photo with the wooden horse, you don't have to enter the ruins, climbing to the horse is free.

    Entrance ticket

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Troy Local Customs

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    What does this dog dream about? May be he sees heroes of the Trojan War?

    King Priam and his sons Hector and Paris?
    King Agamemnon and his Greek heroes Achilles and Ajax?
    King Menelaus and his wife Helen?
    Or may be Odysseus in his Trojan Horse?

    Haven't he seen Troy movie?

    Or may be he sees Heinrich Schliemann digging in and digging out his treasures, haha?

    A dream of a Trojan dog A dream of a Trojan dog

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Troy Tourist Traps

  • Schliemann’s House

    Locals want to attract tourists by all means. A small village Tevfikiye is located in 600 meters from the site. You can find there what they call the Schliemann’s House. I know that Schliemann never lived there. Nevertheless tourists usually enter it (free of charge) and find there a small museum with imitation of a living room how it could look...

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  • Troy itself is a Tourist Trap

    As far as ancient ruins go, Troy is fairly uninteresting. You may go hoping to see the spot where, in legend, Achilles dragged Hector around the city's walls or where the Trojans pulled the wooden horse through the city's gates, but you will only find a few small mundane walls and a tacky wooden model of Homer's horse. -Take a tour so that the...

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    Miscellaneous: If you are interested in New Chronology - a theory which considers that Homeric Troy located in Constantinople and the Trojan War being held in early Middle Ages please try to read the following works of the prominent Russian scientist Anatoly Fomenko (English versions):
    video Homer's "Iliad" tells the tale of the First Crusade?,

    or website History: Fiction or Science?,

    Or History: Fiction or Science? Dating methods as offered by mathematical statistics. Eclipses and zodiacs. Chronology Vol.I (Paperback),

    Or History: Fiction or Science? Chronology 2 (Paperback),

    Or History: Fiction or Science? Astronomical methods as applied to chronology. Ptolemy's Almagest. Chronology III (Perfect Paperback),

    Or Empirico-statistical Analysis of Narrative Material and Its Applications to Historical Dating: Volume I: The Development of the Statistical Tools Volume II: The Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Records,

    or A.T.Fomenko, G.V.Nosovskij. New chronology and new concept of the English history. British Empire as a direct successor of Byzantine-roman empire

    Official web site Chronologia (in Russian). For my Russian speaking VT-friends I suggest to have a look here.

    Fomenko - Trojan War in Early Middle ages Fomenko - New Chronology of Greece
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Troy Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive to Assos

    Honestly, Troy (Truva) did not impress me that much. Assos, on the other hand was a new name to me, so I had no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to see some old Greek ruins on top of a peak, overlooking the sea, with Turkish and Greek islands a stone's throw away from the shore.The city was founded in the second century B.C., and was a...

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  • Priam's Treasure in Moscow

    Priam's Treasure was on display for a time at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. It remained there until 1945, when it disappeared from a protective bunker.In fact, the treasure had been removed to the Soviet Union by the Red Army. During the Cold War, the government of the Soviet Union denied any knowledge of the fate of Priam’s Treasure.However, in...

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  • Imagine Troy The Way It Was During The...

    Standing on the limestone outcrop on the 650 x 500 foot (200 x 150m) large mound of ruins and looking towards the straits of the Dardanelles, one naturally wonders if this really is Troy. The sea is so far away and the rubble just does not ignite your imagination. But rest assured that the natural landscape was much different 3,000 years ago. These...

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  • Troy plan

    After buying your ticket and visiting the reconstruction of the famous Trojan Horse, you'll come to get a first glimpse of how complex this area is, with layer upon layer of building on the ruins of an earlier city. Altogether, there were a total of 9 Troy settlements and luckily there are reconstruction plans posted around the site to get some...

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  • Few words of my scepticism

    Only a small minority of scientists argued that Homeric Troy was not in Anatolia. They placed it elsewhere: in Italy, England, Croatia, Scandinavia etc. But these theories have not been accepted by mainstream scholars. I belong to those sceptics who don’t think that Hisarlik is the place where Homeric Troy was located. After the Russian scientists...

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  • Troy Schliemann’s Excavations

    In 1868 the German businessman Heinrich Schliemann, who considered himself as the great archaeologist, visited Calvert and secured permission to excavate Hisarlik. In the 1870s he excavated the hill and discovered the ruins of a series of ancient cities dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period. Schliemann declared one of these cities to be...

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