Pergamon Theatre
Pergamon Theatre
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jigiindia
Mumbai, India457 contributions
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We had 2 days in Izmir and we finished Ephesus on Day 1. So, unsure of what we can expect, we decided to visit the Acropolis at Pergamon and the Asclepion at Pergamon. And a visit to these certainly made our day worthwhile!

Bergama is a 90 minute bus ride from Izmir through a few pretty coastal towns.

The Acropolis is at the top of the hill, with a beautiful drive up. The Grand Theater is STEEP, built alongside the hill and makes the Grand Theater at Ephesus dwarf in comparison. The Temple of Trajan is in majestic too and whatever is left of it is in fairly good condition too. The inner fortified walls are in excellent condition. The site is definitely less crowded than Ephesus and gives u the opportunity to take many pretty pictures for memories back home.

A visit to the Asclepion is warranted too. Dont miss the view of the Acroplis from the Asclepion site. Its awe inspiring to see the vision that the builders of this ancient city may have had. Its thrilling to see the ancient sign of the Asclepion on a column - 2 snakes shedding their skin on a column, the inner chambers, the underground tunnel leading to the Theater and the Asclepion Theater itself. The columns on the road leading to the Theater are in superb condition too.

A visit to the Aegean region, is somewhat incomplete without coming to Pergamon. Very different experience from Ephesus, but surely complimentary. Would definitely recommend it.
Written June 6, 2010
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,785 contributions
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Sep 2018 • Family
The most spectacular ruin in the Ancient City of Pergamum is this dramatic Hellenistic Theater.
It's carved into a very steep hillside, so it offered a scenic panorama just in case the play was boring. If you are not comfortable with high slopes, you may feel some vertigo up there.
It's my favorite place by far as this architectonic masterpiece was not dedicated to whatever emperor, tyrant, god or goddess. It was built just for people. It's hearth touching to learn that, about 2000 years ago, despite the wars and barbaric invasions, the people of Pergamum enjoyed the theater shows.
Fight your vertigo and take all the steps down to the former stage and explore the ruins of the Dionysus Temple. According to the archeologists, there used to be terraces here for the spectators, to enjoy a cup of wine after the show.
Visited the place in September, late afternoon, and it was not that hot, due to the breeze. However, take some sport shoes, sunglasses and a binocular, to enjoy the scenery.
And, of course, don't forget about the water!
Written October 14, 2018
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greektraveler69
Ventura, CA16 contributions
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Dec 2011 • Friends
Cigdem Goktas, with Osman Tourism, was our guide. I can't speak highly enough of her. We drove from Kusadasi and drove to Pergamon. During the two hour ride she was considerate, kind and knowledgeable. She patiently answered our questions on every subject regarding Turkey. When we reached Pergamon, she was a fountain of knowledge regarding the history, geology, geography, politics, etc. I especially enjoyed her tour of Asklelpion. If you get her as a guide, she won't disappoint.
Written December 29, 2011
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Ana V
Eugene, OR651 contributions
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Nov 2019
Steepest theater I have ever seen at any archaeological site. I only wish the tour I was on would have allowed me more time to explore. This is a must see.
Written December 20, 2019
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hii67
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia103 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Pergamon Theatre forms part of the ancient ruin of Pergamon cut steep into the slope and its simply breath taking and one should spend at least half a day to soak in the architectural wonders and read up on the different sites along the way!

The theatre only constitute part of the wonders of ancient world in Pergamon. A must see when in Turkey !
Written December 20, 2019
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Abrumar
Shrewsbury, UK311 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
Do not visit if you suffer from vertigo. A magnificent Greco-Roman theatre built by the Greeks in the third century BCE. It was later refurbished by the Romans..It has 80 rows of steps, the highest some 36 meters above the orchestra pit in the valley below. Pergamon is the steepest Greco-Roman theatre in the world and could seat 10,000 spectators..
Written June 22, 2019
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Evren11
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Aug 2018 • Couples
This is the home of the famous "Altar of Zeus" in Berlin. (Such a pity we don't have a chance to see it in its original location) One of the must-see places in Turkey. I won't get into too much detail, but this place has a very high the historical significance. Worth the visit
Written August 25, 2018
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onero
Brisbane, Australia869 contributions
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May 2012 • Couples
The theater on the side of Pergamum's acropolis is the steepest raked Hellenistic theater in the world. The cavea of the theater could seat 10,000 people, in 80 rows of seats, divided into three sections by two diazomas. The stone used in its construction is andesite. Because it was originally a Hellenistic theater, there was no permanent stage, and people sitting on the cavea could see outside and beyond the playing area to the valley and the famous Asclepion on the plain below (a good view if the play got boring!). The theater was used well into the Roman period.

Once you take the Cable Car (20TL) up to the Pergamum acropolis, you can reach the theatre easily and there is no additional fee to enter and look around. Just don't look down! It's very steep ... and acrophobia (fear of heights) can make you feel dizzy when you look down (vertigo).
Written July 29, 2012
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Homesick
London, UK6 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Friends
The theatre and the setting is just beautiful. One of the most impressive Greco-Roman theatres I have ever seen given views over the town and valley.
Written December 24, 2019
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AliG
San Francisco, CA1,388 contributions
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Jun 2018 • Solo
Wow, this ancient theatre was awesome. It was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit Pergamon. I made sure to walk up and down the steps. I even sat under a bush/tree for a little while, since it was a really hot day, and admired the theatre. Walking across from one side to the others you can see the hills of the area and then the current city of Bergama.
Written September 3, 2018
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