When you visit the Aegean Region of Turkey with Dos Plumas these are the locations you might want to visit:
1. Troy – Most people know that Troy is a real location and some people even know it is located in Turkey. What most people don’t know is that to visit Troy you really have to plan to stay a few days on the road between Izmir and Istanbul. The remote location of this site and also of the following sites makes it uncomfortable to try to visit it and other sites to the South of Turkey if one has only a day or two to take in both locations. This is why many travelers forgo Troy for the sake of visiting Ephesus and Istanbul. But if you have the time Troy is a very interesting place to visit. Not only does it bring to life the ancient Greek battles that took place in this area but it also gives one the opportunity to visit the more modern battle ground of Gallipoli (Çanakkale in Turkish)
2. Çanakkale – A modern Turkish war memorial and mass military grave site where the British lead New Zealand and Australian troops rushed to their doom while attacking the Mustafa Kemal lead Turkish soldiers. The Turks tasted one of the first and most decisive victories as they opposed the advance of Western forces attempts at occupation. The battle ground is either the first or second greatest point of national pride for the Turkish people equal in value to “Anıt Kabı” or memorial tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The sea view and historical significance along with museums displaying early 20th century warfare paraphernalia makes Gallipoli somewhere you would enjoy visiting in Turkey.
3. Pergamum – Bergama in Turkish, this site has a lot to offer just two hours North of Izmir, one of the seven cities to whom the Apostle John wrote the letter of Revelation in the Bible. This site has a hill top city the original location of the famed stores of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In recent years a cable car has been installed to take you to the top of the mesa like acropolis of the city from which you can see the giant amphitheater and a beautiful lake to the North East of the site. To the South of the acropolis you will see the remains of an ancient temple to Asclepius an ancient day hospital where people would come for healing from all kinds of ailments while sitting in sauna like chambers with fresh spring waters and minerals to sooth whatever ailments they had. The symbol of Asclepius was the snake and the sword from which we derive part of our modern symbol for medicine. The Bergama Museum is also worth visiting while in Bergama although not as nice as the Museums in Antalya, Bodrum and Istanbul.
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