Bergama Travel Guide

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Bergama Things to Do

  • Haci Hekim Hamam

    This Turkish bath-house is located on the main road in the centre of town and was built in 1517 and restored very recently. It has a section for women.

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  • Red Basilica

    The biggest structure in the town is the Kizil Avlu (Red Basilica), a temple built of red brick in the 2nd century AD and dedicated to the gods of Egypt. The two pools in the temple with towers indicate ritual cleansing rites and a religious background that was neither Greek nor Roman. The fact that it faces west, and is decorated with statues in...

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  • Kuplu Hamam

    This bath-house has been recently restored and dates from 1427. It's located just north of the town square, just off the main road.

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  • Kursunlu Mosque

    This mosque is located along the main road, just south of the town square where the road leads uphill to the Asclepion. It is one of the oldest in the town, having been built in 1439.

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  • Archaeology Museum - Ethnography

    The Archaeology Museum not only has exhibits from Pergamon but also an ethnography section which displays local costumes, a loom, some recreated cultural scenes, textiles, embroidery, swords and weapons, carpets and everyday items.Open: 8am-12pm & 1-5pm. Admission: TL5.

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  • Archaeology Museum

    This excellent museum is located right in the middle of town and exhibits a fine selection of finds from Pergamon which include a large number of statues that date from the 4th century BC that formed part of the so-called "Pergamon School". Other exhibits include stone inscriptions, tombstones and sarcophaguses, mosaics, small figurines, and parts...

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  • Pergamon - Palaces

    The ruins of Pergamon's royal palaces can be seen right on the very top of the hill, behind the Temple of Trajan. These include the Palaces of Attalus I and Eumenes II.

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  • Pergamon - Temple of Trajan

    As well as the theatre, this temple is one of the most famous and picturesque sights that still remains at Pergamon. Construction started during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD) and was completed during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD) and has since been reconstructed to show off its wonderful white marble columns and carved frieze...

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  • Pergamon - Theatre

    If you not into heights then it's probably best not to look down over the vertigo-inducing theatre which takes advantage of the naturally steep hill to offer its citizens a wonderful view whilst watching a play or listening to music. It was built around 180 BC, could accommodate 10,000 spectators and was the steepest of any Greek theatre. The stage...

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  • Pergamon - Views of Bergama

    Located on top of a hill just above modern day Bergama, the views from the top from the Acropolis (meaning High City) are pretty spectacular. Try and take them in during the morning when the sun is shining from behind the hill.

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  • Pergamon - Temple of Athena

    After entering through the City Walls, you come to a large flat area which used to be the Temple of Athena. The temple was dedicated to the city-goddess Athena and to Zeus and was the oldest temple known in Pergamon having been built in the 4th century BC. It was surrounded by Doric columns, 6 to the front and rear, 10 to each side. A double-aisled...

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  • Pergamon - Altar of Zeus

    All that remains of the spectacular Altar of Zeus is the base as the main Altar now sits in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin after being carted off there by German archaeologists in the 19th century. It was built during the reign of Eumenes II in the first half of the second century BC and is decorated with a frieze in high relief showing the battle...

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  • Pergamon - City Walls

    After buying your entrance ticket, the first thing you'll come to are the main citadel walls. The peak of the hill was first fortified in the 4th or 5th century BC and these were enlarged by Philetairos (282-263 BC). The greatest expansion of the city occurred under Eumenes II (197-159 BC) to include numerous gates and towers and the walls had a...

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  • Pergamon

    Located on top of a hill just above modern day Bergama, Pergamon was one of the most spectacular cities in the Greek ancient world. The settlement became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. At the centre of Pergamon is the Acropolis (meaning High City) where the main ruins...

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  • Asclepion - Temple of Telesphorus

    This large temple lies beside the Temple of Asclepius and is dedicated to another god of medicine. Patients used to sleep here in the hope that Telesphorus would send a cure or diagnosis in a dream. Incidentally, Telesphorus had 2 daughters, Hygeia and Panacea... both with strong medical connections.

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Bergama Hotels

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  • Berksoy Hotel

    Our first two choices of hotels were full and this one really didn't look any worse than the other...

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  • Hotel Iskender

    Ataturk Bulvari No 130, Bergama, 35700, Turkey

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Odyssey Guesthouse

    Best guesthouse i have ever stayed in! I thoroughly enjoyed my three days in Bergama and my time at...

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Bergama Restaurants

  • Not many sit-down places in Bergama

    This is one of a few places that all lie together opposite the Archaeology Museum. They all have shady tables under trees outside and seem to offer, pretty much, the same menu. The here, here, wasn't great - cheap, yes, put plentiful, it wasn't. I had walked all the way from my hotel (the Hotel Anil) to the Red Basilica but didn't really find any...

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  • Food with view by the chamber of...

    This restaurant is run by the Bergama Chamber of Commerce (Ticaret Odasi) and is right above the Ulu Mosque. It is not near the other tourist restaurants, but it offers fresh, traditional dishes. And what is more: great view **** on the town as well as on the Acropolis . The restored building dates from the 19th century, we think it used to be a...

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  • Pleasant lunch in Bergama

    After our excursion to the Acropolis of Pergamon we stayed in the local restaurant with the same name "Bergama". It was rather good for having a quick lunch of full of impressions and tired tourists.

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Bergama Transportation

  • Metro Bus to Bergama from Istanbul

    Metro Turizm bus travels to Bergama direct from the main Otogar station. The good thing is - Metro bus goes direct to Bergama city centre. It will first pass by the main terminal in Bergama which is about 7 kilometers from the city centre, but the driver or the bus steward will tell you not to get down there because they will proceed to the main...

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  • How to get to Bergama

    Bergama is situated 110 km to the north from Izmir. You can get to Bergama from Izmir by bus (1,5 hours in a way). Unfortunately, as I could learn from a guide-book, neither buses, nor dolmushes go to the Acropolis so you can reach the sight by walk or rent a car. It’s rather difficult because the Hill is high enough.We got to the Acropolis Hill by...

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  • Taxi up or Private cars going down

    There are lots of taxis around Bergama, if you want to start your trip from the top of the Acropolis, take a taxi, and work your way down to the city centre.If you started the Pergamum exploration (LOL!) from down going up, then you might be tired to do the same walking down. So like we did, once we reached the top of the mountain, we talked to one...

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Bergama Shopping

  • Bergama Carpets

    Bergama is also famous of its carpets.The format of Bergama carpets is usually more nearly square than in other Turkish types, and the prayer rugs are unusually small. Using different types of patterns, with central diamond designs, the colors dominating the carpets are red, blue, and white.Shops selling the famous carpets can be found all over...

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  • Kilims ( a pileless of carpet) of...

    if y ou go inside of Pergamon which is Old Pergamon.you can find any of them. Kilims of Pergamon, really beautifuland cheaper .i already have a few of them. i am not sure i tink you can a regular kilim with $35-40 but its depends.

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Bergama Local Customs

  • Bergama Onyx

    Hello,This is sad news because for the most part we really enjoyed our 2 weeks in Turkey (October 2013).At the Bergama Onyx factory after many hours debate we purchased 5 items for 2,300 euros (bargained? down from over 5,000).1)The deal was that through a tourist incentive program we would receive a refund on our turkish taxes2) 5 items, plus 2...

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  • Turkish tea

    CAJ ( chay)Well my personal favorite is ELMA CAJ, apple tea :)It is served in special glasses like on the pic.You can drink cold with ice or hot elma tea, it tastes great anyway :))I even bought tea and glasses to take with me.

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  • Throw a coin ...

    ...in what used to be the water spring. Make a wish and if the coin stays there on the colummn your wish will come true ( they say LOL)If it falls down, then ... ohh well, if you ask me it is all about the throwing techinque. My coin stayed there he, he, he If you see my pages about far east, then you ll know my wish came true.

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Bergama Tourist Traps

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    by dutchboycalledjan Written Sep 8, 2009

    There was no sign stating that the parking place near the Asklepeion is guarded and/or paid. On recovering the car I had an argument with a man who cane running to me claiming I owned him 3 TL for parking. I asked him why he came now, after I had parked, said their was no sign of paying for parking and asked for a legitimation: he showed something like a book with receipts from the community. I was not convinced and several men in the café started to laugh as he turned to them for help. In the end he became angry and ordered me to go without paying.

    Unique Suggestions: Check before you park: there is plenty of space.

    Asklepeion from the Acropolis

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Bergama Off The Beaten Path

  • Uc Kemer Stone Bridge

    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.

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  • Tanneries

    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.

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  • Sadirvanli Mosque

    This mosque lies in the centre of town and was built in 1550. It features a minaret that was built in the 14th century.

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Bergama Favorites

  • Bergama Acropolis Museum

    Today the modern Turkish town of Bergama surrounds the ancient precipice and partially covers the ruins of Roman Pergamum. I saw only upper part of the ancient city (the Hill of Acropolis) and described them it my TTD tips. Entrance Fee: 5 YTL ($3) - You can see my ticket among hidden pics.Admission: Open 08:30 - 17:30 every day.From the front of...

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  • Bergama General Background

    Bergama is famous as the city which was the ancient Greek and Roman cultural center of Pergamon and because the Pergamenes invented a new substance to use in codices, called pergaminus or pergamena (parchment) after the city.Its ancient ruins continue to attract considerable tourist interest today and lie to the north and west of the modern city....

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  • Visiting the Aesclepion and the...

    There are many things to see in both Aesclepion and Acropolis and without an experienced guide it’s easy to miss some important places.In case you decide to do the visit on your own it’s better to have at least a map of the places presenting the exact location of the ruins.The natural impuls is just to wander through the ruins but is better to...

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