Sunday, July 15, 2012

Turkey 6: Aegean Sea and Pergamon

We spent the evening of our third day at a wonderful resort on the Aegean Sea, which is the body of water which separates Greece from Turkey.

On the way we stopped at a small seaside market.  While Melony went in and purchased bottled water, I took the opportunity to grab a few frames of the beach.

Each of the beach side hotels had their own, different, lounges and umbrellas near the water.
Our particular hotel was as new and as modern as any we have seen.  

We arrived just as the sun was setting...

and we had dinner on this terrace, which offered a fine view of the Greek island of Lesbos.  Yes, that Lesbos island. 

Early the next morning we were on our way again.   Part of the charm of this tour was having Dr. Robert Schoch on board to answer questions and offer his lectures, both in the evenings and on the bus.

All of the ancient sites we visited were surrounded by local markets, whose merchants were eager to separate a bit of money from the tourists.

We tended to see similar items everywhere, although each region often had their own unique offerings.

Very well made scarves could be had in most places for 9 Euros or so. We advise travelers to bring at least one of them home.  The only problem will be in choosing just one design from the many you will see.

The ancient Greek city of Pergamon sits on top of a hill so steep that it required a gondola to get us up there. Pergamon was capital of the ancient Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period.

It was said that Alexander the Great visited here in 323 BCE.  It later became part of the Roman empire. 

Note the detail on these few reconstructed pillars in this temple ruin.

Roman lintel pieces stacked together.  Note the similarity between the ceiling details here and those seen in Troy.

Here they have partially reconstructed a row of columns and the lintels those columns supported.  This row of columns originally outlined a courtyard.

Next time, we'll see more of Pergamon. 

Continue on to Post 7: More Pergamon, by clicking here.


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