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Great Place for Ancient Ruins
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
Ataturk Bulvari No 130, Bergama, 35700, Turkey
Our first two choices of hotels were full and this one really didn't look any worse than the other...more
Best guesthouse i have ever stayed in! I thoroughly enjoyed my three days in Bergama and my time at...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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.more
Silk bug and creating silk, then coloring silk with natural plant colors. Hand made caprets by those hard working girls and final product at the end :) They make it from wool, cottong and silk. The most expensive ones are made of silk naturaly. But they say they make them to last for generations and generations.Cool, but expensive... some silk...more
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.
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...more
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....more
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...more