Touring Turkey


Askepelos Troy Gallipoli

Askepelos, also known a Pergamon, was a center of knowledge and healing. Its library had about ten times as many volumes as Ephesus, but it was badly looted so nothing is left.

The remaining stones are beautiful, though. This shot suggests the different levels of construction here.

This fragment of a temple for Diana is a great example.

Troy is famous for having succumbed to an attack from a wooden horse. Trickery was necessitated by this path to the city gates. The hard left turn precluded the use of any battering rams. Troy is actually the site of at least nine different settlements, one on top of the other. Layered like a cake.

This is reputed to be a ceremonial area, with a platform for animal sacrifices and wells for what? Water? Remains?

Gallipoli is a peninsula on the European side of the Dardenelles. It is most famous for a bloody 1915 stand-off between the European forces and Ottoman forces. Each side lost 250,000 soldiers, but neither gained anything.

This is Anzus Bay, were the forces from Australia and New Zealand tried to come ashore.

Some of the most significant features on Gallipoli are cemeteries. This one is Turkish. There are also French, British, Australian and New Zealand cemeteries.

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