Taking the Long Way travel blog

Me in the replica Trojan horse

The only artifacts left from Troy; these are apprarantly ancient fridges

Some rubble

A reconstructed wall


The different levels of Troy where the city was built over in...

A ramp into the city

The only bit of stone that looked like it was once part...

More rubble

The theatre, which I DID like

And lastly, more rubble

Troy…well, what can I say. I have been putting off writing this entry while I racked my brains trying to think of something positive to say about this place. The nicest thing I think I can say is that there was a lovely view from the fake horse.

Most people have heard about the ancient city of Troy, Homer first mentioned the story of Troy in in Iliad and Odyssey. Later, it became the most popular subject in Greek drama. Legend has it that Troy was under seige from Greece for 10 years and was eventually taken over by them by the use of a wooden horse secretly loaded up with Greek soldiers that the Trojans took into their city. The Trojans got drunk, the soldiers popped out of the horse and killed them and the city was taken over.

Troy is a city which existed over 4.000 years and known as the center of ancient civilizations. For many years people believed that it was the city mentioned only in tales and never existed until it was first discovered in the 19th century. Troy was rebuilt 6 times, each layer adding to the previous one and much of the city is still below ground. What is now left is the remains of the destruction of Schliemann, the famous German archaeologist, or a treasure hunter, who bulldozed most of Troy in his search for buried treasure. Which incidentally he did find, shipped off to Germany then lost half of the 8800 pieces he had uncovered.

The ruins are exactly that, ruined! There is virtually nothing left to identify the site as that of a great city and basically there are a few piles of rubble that guides point to and spin a story about. I have been very kind with my photography and taken the best possible pictures of the place, avoiding the kilometres of wire wrapped around the piles of stones and wooden ramps and other debris all over the place. It was one of the most expensive day trips I have done this year and definitely the biggest rip off by far! Troy = Very disappointing.

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