Troy (Truva, Troy) – a city located in the northwestern part of Anatolia, near the Dardanelles and Mount Ida, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Troy is known for the most part because of the Trojan War (and that horse itself), described in many works of the ancient epic, including the famous Odyssey and the Iliad of Homer.
Most of the hotels are located in Canakkale, so tourists most often stay there and come to Troy for one day. In Troy itself, you can stay at the Varol Pansiyon Hotel, located in the center of the neighboring village of Tevfikiye.
Opposite the entrance to Troy is the Hisarlik Hotel, owned by local guide Mustafa Askin.
There are not so many restaurants in Troy. The Hisarlik Hotel mentioned above has a cozy restaurant with home cooking, open from 8:00 to 23:00. If you opt for it, be sure to try guvec – meat stew in a pot.
Alternatively, you can dine at Priamos or Wilusa, also located in the village. Both restaurants serve Turkish cuisine, and the latter is well known for its meatballs and tomato salad.
Entertainment and Attractions Troy
Near the entrance to the city there is a wooden copy of the Trojan horse, inside which there is an opportunity to go. But it is better to do this on weekdays, because at the weekend it is full of tourists and it will be quite difficult to climb or look around inside. But, when visiting Troy in the winter, it is quite possible to get a horse for sole use.
Next to it is the Excavation Museum, which displays models and photographs that tell about how the city looked in different periods. Opposite the museum is the Pithos garden with water pipes and clay pots of the time.
But the main attraction of Troy, of course, are the ruins. For visitors, the city is open daily from 8:00 to 19:00 from May to September and from 8:00 to 17:00 – from October to April.
Having a guide would greatly help in getting to know Troy, since the ruins of many buildings are quite difficult to identify on their own, and because of different historical layers, they all mixed up.
Troy was destroyed and rebuilt 9 times – and from each of the restoration in the city, something remains to this day, although amateur excavations in the 19th century. proved extremely destructive.
To explore the city, it is most convenient to use a road that encloses it in a circle. To the right of the entrance you can see the walls and tower of the Troy VII period (that is, the city that it became after it was rebuilt 7 times), referring to the period when the city was most suitable for Homer’s descriptions in the Iliad. There you can go down the stairs and walk along the walls.
Then the road will lead to brick walls, partially restored, and partially preserved in its original form. Above them is the ruined altar of the temple of Athena, along which the walls of the early and middle periods pass, and on the contrary – the houses of wealthy residents of the city.
Further, the path passes by the trenches left from the Schliemann excavations to the palace complex, also related to the period most likely described in the Iliad. To the right of the palace are parts of the sanctuary of the ancient gods.
Finally, the trail leads to the Odeon Concert Hall and the city council chambers, from where, on a stone road, you can return to the place where the inspection began.
Neighborhood of Troy
30 km south of ancient Troy is no less ancient Alexandria Troyanskaya – a city founded by the commander of Alexander the Great Antigonus in 300 BC. e. However, this vast archaeological site, in contrast to the popular Troy, is almost unmarked. Accordingly, it is hardly possible to figure it out yourself, without deep knowledge in ancient history.
Noteworthy are the outskirts of the village of Gulpinar, where the picturesque ruins of the temple of Apollo, which was built in the 5th century, are located BC e. colonists from Crete. The westernmost point of Asia – Cape Baba – is interesting for its fishing port Babakalekoy (Babakale, Babakale, “Baba Fortress”), where the charming Ottoman castle of the 18th century is located. Here you can refresh yourself by swimming either directly among the boulders framing the harbor from two sides, or driving another 3 km north to a pretty equipped beach.
Another highlight of these places is the town of Ayvacik, 30 km east of Troy. At the end of the week, merchants from all the outskirts flock to the local market, the best souvenir from here is a colorful carpet. If you are lucky to get to Ayvadzhik at the end of April, you can catch the traditional annual gathering of the nomadic peoples of Paniyyr. At this time, bright dance and music performances were held around the city, noisy bazaars where thoroughbred horses were exhibited. In addition, 25 km to the south lies the ancient Assos, whose name caresses the ears of more than one admirer of antiquity.