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TEMPLE OF ATHENA IN ASSOS

THE SURROUNDINGS OF TROY

In the Troad almost 90 ancient settlements have been discovered. Beside Troy, the most important ones are Assos, Alexandria-Troas, Chryse, Lampsakos, Sestos, Dardanos, Neandria, Parkote, Asisbe, Priapos, Parion, Kebrene, Skepsis, Gallipolis, Tenedos, Imbros, Abydos and Sigeon. Assos especially is attracting more and more visitors of the city walls of Assos from the Hellenistic Period are still standing.

During recent excavations in the necropolis interesting types of graves were unearthed. The work for reconstruction of the archaic Athena temple is still going on at the summit of the volcanic hill. The towers on both sides of the western gate are still in good condition. Even the gutters can be seen.

The famous Greek philosopher Aristotle lived here and gave lessons in the Assos school of philosophy.

Behramkale village was built over the ruins of Assos. Ancient stones were used to build the new houses.

Alexandria-Troas was built as a port on the orders of Alexander the Great to make a sea connection between Anatolia and Greece. Today an archway from the roman baths can still be seen. An ancient harbour is located behind the village of Dalyan. When the early Christians started to come to Anatolia, St. Paul visited Alexandria-Troas and Preached there and left Antolia from this harbour for Greece. In he Bible there is a section about St. Paul's preachings in Alexandria-Troas.

Nowadays many biblical tours are organised to this place.

 

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