Troy is a city both historical and legendary, where the well-known “Trojan War” took place, described in several epic poems. Troy is located in the current Turkish province of Çanakkale, occupying a strategic position on the access to the Black Sea. After centuries of oblivion, the ruins of Troy were discovered in excavations carried out in 1871 by Heinrich Schliemann. In 1998 the Trojan archaeological site was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Troy was long thought to be but a legend, but today it is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world with our Turkey tours. The ancient city of Troy is made up of nine archaeological sites superimposed on top of each other, which refer to the nine moments of glory of the city, whose history extends over several millennia, until it was finally abandoned.
The oldest remains correspond to 3,000 BC. C. and the last ones are around the year of birth of Jesus Christ. Although many doubted its existence and many looked for it, it would be the archaeologist Schlie-mann, who would manage to find it. He was searching for the treasure of Priam, the last king of the city, and found much more than that. Troy still has a lot to offer experts. For lovers of Homeric literature, history lovers or Romans, Troy hides more than one secret. A large wooden horse, reminiscent of the end of history, welcomes the traveler. In the site you can see the City Walls, the Temple, the Theater and the foundations of many houses. The old Port of Alexandria – Troy was built in the 3rd century BC. C. Saint Paul passed here twice, on his pilgrimage to Assos.
The famous Trojan war took place in western Turkey, near Çanakkale where a wooden statue of the Trojan horse welcomes visitors
The city of Çanakkale is at the 1,200 m narrow entrance to the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles) connecting the Marmara Sea and the Aegean. Daily passenger and vehicle ferries run between Çanakkale on the Asian side and Eceabat and Kilitbahir on the European side. Yachts make stops at the well-equipped Çanakkale marina, to allow tourists to spend more time in this area. Hotels, restaurants and cafes along the avenue offer visitors an ideal place to enjoy Kilitbahir Harbor and Fort and the Çanakkale Archaeological Museum. In addition, the archaeological zone of Troy was added to the UNESCO Cultural List – World Heritage Site, inviting history lovers to visit its magnificent ancient ruins.
Legends and temples
Homer immortalized Troy (Troy) in his stories of King Priam, Hector, Paris, and the beautiful Helena. Archaeological excavations have uncovered nine independent settlement periods at this site including ruins of the city wall, foundation foundations, a temple, and a theater. A large and iconic wooden Trojan horse is the symbol commemorating a legendary war. The old port of Alexandria-Troas was built in the 3rd century BC and Saint Paul passed through the city twice, on his third missionary journey on the way to Assos. The Assos Acropolis (Behramkale) is 238m above sea level with the Temple of Athena built here in the 6th century BC. This Doric-style temple is being restored, maintaining its former splendor and the role of guardian of the Biga Peninsula and the Gulf of Edremit. It is worth looking at the scattered moonlight through the temple ruins or getting up early to see it.
Troy archaeological site
Contrary to popular opinion, the Trojan archaeological site is not just an ancient city. In reality, this site comprises the ruins of at least nine different settlements, built on top of each other, dating from the early Bronze Age. The first city was founded in the 3rd millennium BC and due to its location it developed as a merchant city. This unique location allowed its inhabitants to control the Dardanelles (the current Çanakkale Strait), a watercourse that is used by all merchant ships sailing from the Aegean Sea to the Black Sea. The numerous archaeological sites in this area are the most significant demonstration of the first contact between the Anatolian civilizations and the Mediterranean world. Troy is of course of great importance in understanding the early development of European civilization at a critical stage. In addition, Troy is of exceptional cultural importance due to the profound influence of Homer’s Iliad on the creative arts, for more than two millennia
The city of Biga has given its name to the entire peninsula; It is a city of parks and a good place to see houses built in the traditional style. The closest beaches are in Karabiga, Şahmelek and Kemer where you will find accommodation at reasonable prices. Karabiga is associated with the God Priapos and therefore has roots in the fertility cult. Çan is well known for its pottery and for its sulfate springs, considered to be of great help in various diseases of the liver, intestine and urinary tract. There are two other hot springs in the nearby towns of Külcüler and Kirazlı. Kaz Dağı (Ida Mound, 1774 m), is located at the southern tip of Çanakkale in the beautiful Kaz Dağı National Park amidst magnificent landscapes, green resting areas and various hot springs. Here in Pınarbaşı, the world’s first beauty pageant was held between Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. According to legend, the goddess of Discord Eris, who was not invited to the wedding feast between King Peleus and the marine nymph Tethys, threw a golden apple marked ‘for the most beautiful’ in the banquet hall. All the goddesses wanted her but in the end, the choice came down to Aphrodite, Hera and Athena
They asked Zeus to judge but he refused and told them to go to Mount Ida, near Troy, where the young prince Paris was a shepherd like his father Priam, king of Troy, who had been warned that this prince would one day be ruined. from his country and therefore he had sent him away. The goddesses bribed him, so the choice was not easy. Hera promised to make him lord of Europe and Asia; Athena who would lead the Trojans to victory in war and Aphrodite that the most attractive woman in the world would be his. He chose Aphrodite by giving her the golden apple. That was the trial of Paris, famous throughout the world, and believed to be the real reason behind the Trojan War. Knowing about mythology is not a prerequisite for enjoying the beautiful and relaxing green landscape of Pınarbaşı with its centuries-old cool fountains, its beautiful trees that shade the picnic areas and the invigorating hot springs of Güre. At the northern entrance to the Kaz Dağı National Park, via Bayramiç and Evciler, are the main daily camping facilities. Haklım, Hamdibey and Akçakoyun are the most popular towns for nature tourism. In Bayramiç, 60 km from Çanakkale, there is Hadimoğlu’s beautiful Ottoman mansion built in the 18th century with its Ethnographic Museum