If you walk to the southern side of the Red Basilica and then along the river, you'll come to a couple of ruined buildings and a stone-arched bridge (see next tip). The buildings used to be the town’s tanneries - used to dye leather.
Located in the west of town, nothing remains of the towns Roman Theatre except the shape of the hill. The capacity of the theatre is thought to have been 30,000 people. Nearby is an amphitheatre but nothing remains of this either.
Most people visit the old centre and/or the Red Hall. There is also a small neighbourhood across the river. At the T-crossing, go to the left and not to the right (Red Hall). The narrow road widens and there are two roads to the left which lead to a bridge. The second one can be crossed by car and leads to the Mosque, clearly restored (closed when we visited). Climb upwards to a square with trees and the restaurant (see my restaurant tip) driven by the chamber of commerce. Nice views on the city.
After World War II the frieze reliefs were translocated to the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad as a compensation for damage inflicted by the German invaders on Soviet museums. At the behest of Nikita Khrushchev, the frieze reliefs were returned to East Germany.
Significant parts of the collection remain in Russia. Some are currently stored in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.
It's no need to go to Berlin and Bergama! Go to the Pushkin museum where you can see the plaster copies of the Altar of Zeus in Moscow!
The main excavation was carried out in two campaigns, in 1879 and 1904, and shipped out of the Ottoman Empire by the German archaeological team lead by Carl Humann. It was reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, built in part to receive it, from 1910.
The Altar which was taken away from Pergamon and carried to Germany in a manner conforming to its original. Some fragments of the Athena’s Temple were restored and are also now in the Berlin museum.
When I visited Berlin the Museum was unforunately closed for reconsruction. So I saw only the building and never went inside. Dream to do it soon...
Just wandering around the Aesclepion and the Acropolis we have found in a corner this beheaded statue.
I must admit that we had fun placing our head on the top of the body and taking some pictures "dressed" as Roman soldiers.
Meaning three belts, this triple arched stone bridge sits across the Selinus River beside the tanneries, near the Red Basilica. It is thought to date from the Roman period.
This mosque lies in the centre of town and was built in 1550. It features a minaret that was built in the 14th century.
This was the main western gateway into town and is located near the remains of the towns Roman Theatre.
The location of the Grand Theatre, on the edge of the cliff, offers a great view of the modern part of Bergama, but also of the valley below, which once was covered by the sea waters.