Troy (Truva)
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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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  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,063 contributions
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    Trojan Horse under renovation
    Interesting place to visit, particularly if you've been in Gallipoli. The ancient city has a complicated history and many reincarnations. Having a guide really helped understand the multi-faceted history and layers of the artifacts and ruins. Good wooden walkways- but stairs so not wheelchair friendly! Unfortunately the big drawcard- the Trojan Horse is under restoration and is currently a pile of wood next to a wooden frame (covered by scaffolding/screens).
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Eaton_Out
    Greenville, South Carolina628 contributions
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    This was a disappointment
    I was excited about going to ancient Troy but was disappointed. The excavations there are minimal and not exciting. The actual city of Troy was very large but only a small area has been excavated. The excavations and boardwalks are crude. There are lots of steps so this may not be a good excursion for those with mobility issues (I had a sprained foot and had a hard time navigating this). The horse replica is currently a pile of lumber as it is being rebuilt. This trip was a disappointment.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Bruce S
    Hat Head, Australia75 contributions
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    Romance vs the reality
    When we visited the Troy site our Turkish tour guide had forewarned us not to expect to see much there. He wasn’t wrong! The not-very impressive ruins of the city (actually nine cities!) don’t make for spectacular viewing. The main attraction for the great majority of visitors seems to be the XXL-sized model of the fabled Trojan Horse (but if visiting in 2023 it’s now under extensive renovation). When tourists are not around it must seem a pretty desolate place, the only permanent residents seem to be a thriving colony of cats. The surrounding flat land offers good view of the coastal plain.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • tinkle_24
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,742 contributions
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    Good stroll round..
    Sadly not a lot left except the ruins. We could not even see the model horse which was covered up and under renovation. However interesting to see the archaeological digs which showed various stages of historical development in the history of the area.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • enjeekay
    198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History lessons revisited
    A great lesson in history. The famous Wooden Horse of Troy was closed to visitors due to some renovation. However, the ancient city sights which have been excavated gave insights into the life in those days. It is believed Alexander the great, had visited here in his quest for expanding his empire.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Kregg J.
    Seattle, Washington131 contributions
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    Troy from Canekkale, a better option
    Note: a one-day tour from Istanbul to the ancient ruins at Troy is an ordeal and will eat up a large portion of your day, just getting to and from. We rented a car and drove to Canekkale, stayed the night, and then made a 20 to 30-minute drive the following morning to the ruins at Troy. Canekkale is also a great starting location for visiting the nearby battlefields of Gallipoli, which you can get to on a ferry ride for $3 for two people. Canekkale is a great little city with a waterfront area that's alive with restaurants, shops, and eateries.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, New York1,438 contributions
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    The magic of 'The Iliad' has been brought back to life thru museum and site development.
    Troy was a focus of the epic poem, 'The Iliad.' The remains of this legendary place was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. The remains contain nine different layers of recorded history on this site. The museum of Troy, opened in 2018, follows the history of Troy from the Bronze Age, Trojan War, Eastern Roman, and Ottoman periods. This site is a "must see."
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Charles_and_Susan
    Nottingham, United Kingdom7,168 contributions
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    An amazing site with lots to see - you do need some help interpreting it all.
    It was difficult to know what to expect - obviously not the film set picture with a horse outside the gates, although there is a "replica" horse which was being reconstructed when we were there. We found it to be really good, this was partly due to having a knowledgable guide to take us round and to explain some of the history. Although some reviewers have complained that there's not much to see I'm thinking that they didn't understand what they were seeing. It is quite an extensive site. There are seven layers identified. Some of the layers are more significant than others and they all add to the story of Troy. I would recomend wither having a tour with a guide or at least get a guidebook before you go around the site. Otherwise you'll miss out on a lot of the information about what you're actually seeing. You'll just be looking at different layers of masonery. That said, some of the huge blocks that were made two thousand years ago and fit together millimetre perfect are impressive whether you know more about them or not.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 18, 2024
  • Travelibrarian
    Istanbul, Türkiye186 contributions
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    An easy day-trip from Canakkale.
    This isn't a huge site, so you can make your way around in 60-90 minutes. It is well signed with information on what period each section belongs to, which is very helpful. There are also lovely views of the surrounding countryside, and as we were there in April the poppies were in bloom, which was lovely. They were building a Trojan horse, but it wasn't completed yet. It was a 10-15 minute walk from the nearby museum where the local bus from Canakkale dropped us off. Well worth a visit. Budget enough time to go to the museum down the road too.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 25, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
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    Touring the foundations of Troy I-IX
    Troy was much bigger and better than I expected. I had thought there would be very little left given that there have been 9 Troys on this site, each one destroyed, razed and rebuilt. Troy 6 is the one in Homer's Iliad. You walk along wooden boardwalks amongst the oaks, almond trees and fig trees, usually accompanied by one of the local dogs. You mostly see the remains of the various city walls (some of which are protected by outer mud-brick wall so you don't see the original) as well as some stone and mudbrick foundations. We also saw the ramp into the city (Troy II), the main temple site, the Palace house (Troy VI) and Odeion (Troy VII-IX). Our guide pointed out the trench dug by Heinrich Schliemann which both revealed and destroyed the archeological evidence at this site. The views across the plains are pretty. It would be a shame to miss the separate boardwalk at the start on the right which heads to the Northeast Bastion (Troy VI). We had a one and a half hour visit to Troy. We started at 8:30 am opening time and we were the only ones there till about 9:00 am. There are Turkish and English signs detailing the significance of the monuments. The replica wooden horse is under repair so can't be seen. The toilets at the entrance can handle large tour groups quite well with little queuing. We had previously been to the Archeology museum in Istanbul which had a display on Troy and its various incarnations which gave us an excellent introduction to the site. If you have to choose between Troy and Ephesus (which is much better preserved) then I would choose Ephesus but, like us, I hope you are able to see both.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2024
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radbrad73
Dallas, TX70 contributions
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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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ertankahya
Istanbul, Türkiye6 contributions
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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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maritimeexplorer
Nova Scotia, Canada4,134 contributions
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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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Karen B
Preston, UK943 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Family
The archeological site is a must see. It is expensive at £20 /600 TL but you can only see this here and at no other place in the world. Do not go to the cafe as they charge like a wounded bull. £6 /196 TL for 2 small paper cup coffees. 1/2 a mile down the road the cafe charges £2.30/ 80 TL for 2 decent coffees. The gift shop is also a rip off and they watch you and follow you around the shop as if we were professional shoplifters. We are in our 60s for goodness sake. NO HORSE either as it is being refurbed but no ticket reduction?
Written November 17, 2023
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Kregg J.
Seattle, WA131 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
Note: a one-day tour from Istanbul to the ancient ruins at Troy is an ordeal and will eat up a large portion of your day, just getting to and from. We rented a car and drove to Canekkale, stayed the night, and then made a 20 to 30-minute drive the following morning to the ruins at Troy. Canekkale is also a great starting location for visiting the nearby battlefields of Gallipoli, which you can get to on a ferry ride for $3 for two people. Canekkale is a great little city with a waterfront area that's alive with restaurants, shops, and eateries.
Written October 22, 2023
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Some_Random _
London, UK50 contributions
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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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Suzanne78
Amsterdam34 contributions
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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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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Troy was much bigger and better than I expected. I had thought there would be very little left given that there have been 9 Troys on this site, each one destroyed, razed and rebuilt. Troy 6 is the one in Homer's Iliad. You walk along wooden boardwalks amongst the oaks, almond trees and fig trees, usually accompanied by one of the local dogs. You mostly see the remains of the various city walls (some of which are protected by outer mud-brick wall so you don't see the original) as well as some stone and mudbrick foundations. We also saw the ramp into the city (Troy II), the main temple site, the Palace house (Troy VI) and Odeion (Troy VII-IX). Our guide pointed out the trench dug by Heinrich Schliemann which both revealed and destroyed the archeological evidence at this site. The views across the plains are pretty. It would be a shame to miss the separate boardwalk at the start on the right which heads to the Northeast Bastion (Troy VI).

We had a one and a half hour visit to Troy. We started at 8:30 am opening time and we were the only ones there till about 9:00 am. There are Turkish and English signs detailing the significance of the monuments. The replica wooden horse is under repair so can't be seen. The toilets at the entrance can handle large tour groups quite well with little queuing. We had previously been to the Archeology museum in Istanbul which had a display on Troy and its various incarnations which gave us an excellent introduction to the site. If you have to choose between Troy and Ephesus (which is much better preserved) then I would choose Ephesus but, like us, I hope you are able to see both.
Written April 26, 2024
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world1explorer
Nashville, TN354 contributions
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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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PamCanuck251Preston
Chorley, United Kingdom96 contributions
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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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