If only it were all over the world...
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I want adrenaline!
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Attalea? Adalia? An-TA-Li-ya!
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City of two hearts
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Revived myth

The trip to Troy is remarkable in that it will inevitably remind of itself in all the most famous museums of the world. In the “Prado” in Madrid, where the “Court of Paris” Rubens, in the ancient courtyard of the Vatican, which holds a statue of Laocoon, in the “Tretyakov gallery”, where hangs a picture Losenko “Farewell to Hector Andromache” and in many, many other places. The ancient authors did not doubt that the ten-year siege of Troy is a genuine event. European scientists of the XVIII-XIX centuries were convinced of the opposite. Homer described the story of the death of Troy was perceived as a brilliant fiction. It was believed that this legendary author has collected together the passages of myths, handed down for centuries in oral form and raised them to the level of the artwork. Having a really strong imagination German Amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), believed in the reality of the existence of Troy and made the search for the ruins of this city the meaning of his life. After the death of Schliemann’s excavations were continued by his assistant William Dorpfeld. As a result, scientists came to the conclusion that at different times in this place there were nine cities. For the convenience of all of them called one name – Troy and provided serial numbers. Rebuilt again obviously after the earthquake, the seventh of the discovered cities most resembled Homeric Troy. The cause of his death, experts believe the military invasion, due to the conflict of rivalry between the Greek Achaeans of Mycenae and the Aeolians of Troy. The ruins discovered by scientists today have the status of an archaeological reserve. At the entrance to the excavations – Schliemann’s house, a vast city at the foot of an ancient hill has been completely opened. The signposted road first leads to the city wall of Troy VI (1900-1300 BC), a modern staircase that replaced the sloping entrance, you can climb up the hill and see the houses of the time. The sanctuary on the other side of the ring of old city walls with several altars and altars appeared in the Hellenic period and was expanded by the Romans. Two more Roman buildings adjacent to the bottom of the hill from the West: the Odeon for musical performances and boleware – place of meetings. Both were built in the form of an amphitheater. You can also admire the southern city gate and the majestic columned hall, belonging to the Three VI. Small finds, mainly pottery, can be seen in the Museum, completing a tour of the excavations of Troy. The excavations are open daily from 9 am to 7 PM. You can get to Troy on your own from Istanbul, Bursa or Izmir – between them there is a bus service and taxis. A bus ticket costs $10-15. The nearest resort areas are Izmir and Bodrum. Group tours to Troy are not organized, an individual trip to Troy for the whole day with a Russian-speaking guide will cost $250-300.

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