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troy trojian horse
Truva in Turkish, the area known as Hisarlik was the site of the mythical and historical city of Troy described by Homer. Troy had been excavated during the 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann, a German amateur archeologist who believed Troy truly existed. There was definitely a city at the site, and over a long period of time. 9 levels of cities had been found. However, no real proof that a war was fought over Helen or the existence of the Trojan horse. Schliemann was a controversial amateur archeologist (not that there were any professional ones in his day) who had  set out to prove that Homer's Troy existed. He did extensive excavation at this site and found cities, and he claimed one of those was the one involved in the Trojan War. Some nice golden treasures were found also. The site is now a national park, 30 km from Canakkale.
troy trojian horse near the entrance


We drove out there early in the morning, arriving just before 10am. Some Romanian cars pulled up in front of us just before the turnoff, and stopped! What stupidity! Then they passed us again on the way to the gate. However, it turned out that they only took Turkish liras here and the Romanians did not have any! We went into the park and saw the reconstructed wooden Trojan horse. It was fun to have a few photos taken there, and one can also climb inside.

There was a small museum and then the site of the ruins and excavations, which was not huge but a good size. I was amazed at the amount of excavations here and the site had a lot to offer. It was breezy and not too hot, so we enjoyed walking and viewing the site. We were able to avoid the tour group crowds who arrived about an hour later and we left after spending more than 2 hours here. It was great to imagine what it must have been like more than 3000 years BC when the first Troy was here.

Leaving Troy, we went back on the road and drove along the sea of Mamara to Bursa. It was very windy and we stopped at one point to marvel over the waves on the sea. It was a good thing we didn't have to cross it today on the ferry. (A ferry sank only a few weeks later crossing the Marmara!)
portia says:
Well it was worth it for me, but I didn't see as much of Turkey as you have. There were archeological digs there which I had read/heard about so I wanted to see it in person. I think the admission was like 80. It was a very interesting place for me.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2009
Deats says:
Hey Portia, i looked through a few blogs on Troy and there doesnt seem an awful lot there! Would you recommend a visit? How much was admission. Thanks, Phil
Posted on: Feb 09, 2009
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troy trojian horse
troy trojian horse
troy trojian horse near the entran…
troy trojian horse near the entra…
looking into the ruins near the st…
looking into the ruins near the s…
looking out to sea from top of a r…
looking out to sea from top of a …
some carved marble pieces with flo…
some carved marble pieces with fl…
Troy
Troy
Schleman (?)s trench, 9 layers of…
Schleman (?)'s trench, 9 layers o…
the highway to Troy
the highway to Troy
We were on the right road
We were on the right road
approaching the entrance to Troy
approaching the entrance to Troy
The ticket booth and entry to Troy…
The ticket booth and entry to Tro…
inside the gate to Troy
inside the gate to Troy
map of Troy
map of Troy
the horse
the horse
another view of the horse at Troy
another view of the horse at Troy
at Troy
at Troy
9 levels of Troy were excavated
9 levels of Troy were excavated
overview of Troy near the starting…
overview of Troy near the startin…
Troy VI, East Wall
Troy VI, East Wall
Troy, canopy showing the pre-excav…
Troy, canopy showing the pre-exca…
Kevin at the  top of the Northeast…
Kevin at the top of the Northeas…
at the Northeast Bastion
at the Northeast Bastion
looking down into the canopy
looking down into the canopy
some well preserved  carvings at T…
some well preserved carvings at …
close-up of the flower design
close-up of the flower design
Temple of Athena
Temple of Athena
view from the Temple of Athena
view from the Temple of Athena
Temple of Athena
Temple of Athena
Fortification Wall
Fortification Wall
sign for the ramp
sign for the ramp
Ramp on the right
Ramp on the right
the ramp
the ramp
The wide Schliemann Trench! showin…
The wide Schliemann Trench! showi…
The wide Schliemann Trench! showin…
The wide Schliemann Trench! showi…
another dig showing many levels of…
another dig showing many levels o…
foundation of a palace
foundation of a palace
sign for the santuary
sign for the santuary
the well preserved sanctuary in th…
the well preserved sanctuary in t…
ruins of walls in Troy
ruins of walls in Troy
another view of the well preserved…
another view of the well preserve…
the base of the well preserved san…
the base of the well preserved sa…
the base of the well preserved san…
the base of the well preserved sa…
the far side of the sanctuary
the far side of the sanctuary
another view of the well preserved…
another view of the well preserve…
big ants at Troy
big ants at Troy
pots from the dig
pots from the dig
a theatre
a theatre
theatre at Troy, holding about 200…
theatre at Troy, holding about 20…
a temple opposite the theatre, not…
a temple opposite the theatre, no…
theater
theater
mom and dad at the theatre at Troy
mom and dad at the theatre at Troy
ancient Greek writings
ancient Greek writings
sign for the South Gate
sign for the South Gate
what the south gate probably looke…
what the south gate probably look…
the base of a wall
the base of a wall
the South Gate
the South Gate
columns litter the landscape
columns litter the landscape
The South Gate
The South Gate
more columns
more columns
columns
columns
columns litter the landscape
columns litter the landscape
a carving
a carving
leaving Troy
leaving Troy
Sea of Marmara, very windy
Sea of Marmara, very windy
Sea of Marmara, very windy
Sea of Marmara, very windy
Troy
photo by: portia