November 20, 2013

0869 TURKEY (Aegean Region) - Archaeological Site of Troy (UNESCO WHS)

0869 Archaeological Site of Troy - Odeon Troy IX

I don't think there is anyone in the modern world who have completed at least primary school and/or has a TV at home and never heard of Troy. If he didn't read the Iliad, at least he saw the movie with Brad Pitt or played a video game with the Trojan War. Perhaps the importance of this event was much exaggerated by Homer, but the legend crossed millennia and has inspired great artists throughout the world ever since.

Entrance ticket to Archaeological Site of Troy (2013)
Entrance ticket for children (free)
to Archaeological Site of Troy (2013)

Schliemann was the one who discovered the location of the ancient stronghold and began the first excavations, but his thirst for glory and gold made ​​him to find Troy several times, because the site revealed several cities built in succession. Now the layers of ruins in the citadel at Hisarlık are numbered from I to IX, with various subdivisions, and it is known that the hill was inhabited between 3000 BC and 500 AD. Troy VIIa (1300-1190 BC) has been identified with the Hittite Wilusa, and is generally (but not conclusively) identified with Homeric Troy.

Because the archaeological site of Troy is of immense significance in the understanding of the development of European civilization at a critical stage in its early development. It is a unique example in an Aegean context of the oriental city at the junction between Anatolia, the Aegean and the Balkans. The Greek and Roman cities at Troy are represented above all by the sanctuary complex. Roman urban organization is reflected by two major public buildings on the edge of the agora.

The odeon (concert hall) has the traditional horseshoe-shaped plan and tiers of seats made from limestone blocks (in the postcard). The nearby bouleuterion (council house) is smaller but similar in plan. The surrounding landscape contains many important prehistoric and historical sites: cemeteries, Hellenistic burial mounds, Greek and Roman settlements, Roman and Ottoman bridges, etc. Today, the hill at Hisarlık has given its name to a small village near the ruins, which supports the tourist trade visiting the Troia archaeological site.

Troy - Wikipedia
Archaeological Site of Troy - UNESCO official website

Sender: Dănuţ Ivănescu
Sent from Didim (Aegean Region / Turkey), on 09.09.2013

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