Troy (Truva)

Troy (Truva), Canakkale

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Site of the heroic siege in in Homer's Iliad, Troy (Truva in Turkish, Ilion in Greek) was excavated in the 1870s by Heinrich Schliemann. He uncovered civilizations dating back 5,000 years, including best-preserved Roman architecture. Explanatory materials at the site are limited, so visitors should bring a good history text or hire a guide.
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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada3,799 contributions
Oct 2021
In 1998 Troy was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The number of tourists today at Troy is a trickle compared to my first visit here about a decade ago.

The first one notices might very well be the most interesting - the Trojan Horse. This quite possibly realistic replica was erected in 1975. Whether it is because of Covid or the state of the structure it is now cordoned off so my photo shows as close as you can get now.

Now it's time for a spoiler alert - you will almost certainly be disappointed with the visit to the actual site of Troy. There are a number of reasons for this, but I attribute it mostly to the fact that it would simply be impossible for a place with the reputation Troy has to live up to expectations. Secondly, Schliemann the archaeologist who first dug at the site did a lot of damage in his initial excavations that cannot be undone. Thirdly, as archaeological sites go it is nowhere nearly as interesting as many others in Turkey like Pergamon or Ephesus. The very fact that it is one layer on top of another mitigates against a unified presentation that is reasonably understandable. So with this disclaimer in mind you should dial back your expectations.

Although I don't believe it is mandatory to follow, there is a pretty good one way path that wends its way through the various layers.

You enter at Troy VI which equates time wise with the Trojan War, but the walls just don't bring the Troy of The Iliad to mind.

The walkway takes you around the site in a counter clockwise direction taking you next to the ruins of a Temple of Athena that was built over 1,500 years after Priam's Troy at a time when the city was called Ilion. If you know your Trojan War history you will know that Athena sided with the Greeks during the war and brought many misfortunes upon the Trojans, so I was somewhat surprised to see a temple dedicated to her at Troy. Apparently even before Schliemann arrived locals were pilfering marble from the remains of the temple for building materials and all that remains are a few bits of columns.

Next are the remains of the walls of Troy II and III which Schliemann mistakenly thought were the Troy of Priam's time, but are actually over 1,000 years too old to be Homer's Troy. The walls of this Troy were topped with rather crude mud bricks.

The remains of the very first Troy date all the way back to 3,000 BC when the settlement was actually on the shore of a shallow bay on the Aegean Sea.

The last Trojan city you come across on this visit is the Roman one, now called Ilium and once visited by Emperor Augustus who paid for a number of improvements including the Odeon which is probably the best preserved site at Troy.
Written March 11, 2022
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Some_Random _
London, UK50 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
My girlfriend and I decided to visit Troy as a must to see location during our stay in Canakkale.
We were provided the guided tour by our hotel and on the morning of the trip we were greeted at 0830, as agreed, by our very bubbly guide Burak.
We arrived at the site in a short time and we started our tour.
It was mesmerising walking close to the walls of a city we only read of in classic literature’s classes.
The guide explained what the site is about and how it came to be in the different historical period of the city, from 2500BC until 500AD.
I am no archeological expert but the guide managed to explain the history of the excavation site, easily enough for everyone to enjoy and learn.
I highly recommend this tour, which only took four hours from the hotel and back.
Written May 2, 2022
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Troy M
South Hedland, Australia33 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Really enjoyed visiting the old ruins of Troy. Was a couple hours bus ride from our accomodation in Çanakkale.
I recommend a purchase or loan of a book that gives an overview of the different layers or different timelines of ‘Troy’ and shows what the city would of looked like.
If you enjoy the story you’ll enjoy the visit.
Written April 18, 2020
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Suzanne78
Amsterdam35 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
If you're a Roman enthusiast then I'm sure you'll enjoy but we went with 3 children who quite frankly found this a boring place to visit. It's not interactive in any way and the information boards mainly refer to archaeological facts. They were excited to go inside the horse but this wasnt allowed when we were there, I'm not sure if this is always the case? I would only recommend if you're a Roman history enthusiast, otherwise you need a rather large imagination to bring this pile of rubble to life
Written April 5, 2022
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ertankahya
Istanbul, Turkey7 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Starting from 3500 bc to 500 ad a city lived many ages. people before us were there and built and rebuilt a city from its ashes. It is amazing to feel their struggle, how a city changed with geological changes and how it lost its importance.
Written April 7, 2021
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radbrad73
Dallas, TX71 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
So after having read some reviews of “there’s not much here” variety...what were those people looking at?!?!

Troy is amazing! Literally layers upon layers of civilization. You can see the progress of history from one layer to the next. It goes beyond the myth into the real. Where else can you go and they say, “We haven’t bothered to excavate the Roman part of the city because those kinds of ruins are so common in Turkey”? Here, that’s where. I traveled all over Turkey and saw plenty of Roman and Greek ruins, but the ruins here go so much deeper - literally.

I was staying in Çanakkale and was able to join a day tour from Istanbul hosted by Crowded House Tours and Sukru was our guide. He was great and was able to communicate so much about the site in a fun and effective way. Plus he had a ton of fishing tips - free of charge!

If I had it to do over again, I’d spend a little more time and perhaps do more than the half day tour. So if the day trip from Istanbul is all you can manage, for sure do it. But if you’re staying close by as I was - spend more time in Troy. It’s worth it.
Written December 31, 2020
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EFDIII
Istanbul, Turkey8 contributions
Dec 2019
One must not travel from Gallipoli south along the Aegean seacoast (or vice versa) without stopping in Troy.

We visited the ancient ruins of Troy (actually, several eras of ruins on one site) 25 years ago. We returned with our children and were amazed by the effort and research that has transpired since that first visit. In 1994 there was no real entrance, no reception area, no footpaths, and no explanation per se. We wandered about the mounds and ancient walls and artifacts without knowing what we were doing, or damaging.

Now the sight clearly and thoughtfully outlines the nine eras of Troy's history over five millenia. The archeological work is ongoing, well-marked, and awe-inspiring. The museum, a short drive away, is an absolute must-see. It just opened a year ago and looks like an artifact itself. It explains the history and legend of Troy chronologically as one ascends each level. It has intriguing interactions for kids. Many of the excavated artifacts are preserved safely in the museum. We visited the museum first for a couple of hours, ate lunch, then went to the archeological site itself for a couple of hours. You really can't do one without the other. The day left both parents and kids with a terrific understanding and appreciation of Troy and the region.

Kudos to Turkey for this fantastic, classy monument to history and legend.

FYI, the wooden horse near the giftshop is not an artifact, but a fun tourist landmark reminding us of Homer's Iliad. After the deaths of many heroes, including the Achaeans Achilles and Ajax, and the Trojans Hector and Paris, legend says that Troy was entered by the ploy of the Trojan Horse. When we visited, it seemed surprising that some visitors thought the kitchy wooden horse was a real artifact. But it's still fun for kids to climb into.
Written January 11, 2020
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world1explorer
Nashville, TN344 contributions
Dec 2021
This site was all the more impressive having learned of the various pre-cities at the main archeology museum in Istanbul.

History comes alive here, and you can just imagine the glory of the earlier days. Even better if you've just seen the Brad Pitt movie or listened to the Stephen Fry audio book.

A must visit for anyone interested in classical history, whether or not you believe all the various myths. Very easy to navigate and included in the Turkey museum pass. We were the only visitors at 9am the morning we visited.
Written January 8, 2022
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Istanbulkay
Istanbul, Turkey89 contributions
Jun 2020
Most people think there isn't much to see in Troy but if you get the feel of the place and the various levels of troy it really is special. Read up the legend of Paris and Helen, stand by the stone roadway where hector rode down to meet Achillis. Look out at the land that was once water and imagine those 1,000 ships. The Iliad talks of this windy place with such poetry that when you stand at Troy you are with Homer and his words. Loved, loved the place.
Written August 2, 2020
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PamCanuck251Preston
Chorley, United Kingdom95 contributions
Oct 2021
The museum is excellent, very well laid out over 4 floors with a viewing terrace. Exhibit route easy to follow, good explanations and room for several people without crowding. We were supposed to have an audio guide, it wasn't offered at ticket office and we decided not to go back for it. Learned a lot and very glad we went in because the site would have been very difficult to interpret without prior knowledge.
We walked (after asking directions as it wasn't clear) over to the site from the museum, about 950m. The site has been messed about with in the past causing damage but the route around was clear. It is difficult to understand because of all the different extensions and layers of development over its lifespan.
The cost in October 2021 was 100 TL for museum and site. The Trojan horse from the Brad Pitt movie is actually in Çanakkale, there is a very different version at the site which will need some attention very soon.
Written November 4, 2021
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