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“Site provides excellent understanding of Ancient Greek Aescalepia”
Review of The Asklepion

The Asklepion
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$130.00*
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Day Trip to Pergamum and Asklepion from Izmir
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Bergama
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Aescalepia are healing sanctuaries dedicated to the god Aesculapius that functioned as hospitals. There are around 300 ancient Aescalepia Greek and Roman ruins and this is one of the more complete ones that includes remains of a colonnaded street, Via Tecta (sacred way), the Aesculapius sanctuary, Heroon, incubation rooms, library, porticos, bathing pools, latrines. Of particular importance is the base of the great temple of Zeus Asclepius. Unfortunately the magnificent entrance and most of the surviving sculptures and archaeological elements are controversially located in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin. The 3500 person theater, with passageways beneath the cava (seating area) to explore, is adjacent to the Sanctuary and healing center. The signage is particularly good and does an excellent job of explaining how Aescalepia functioned and the ancient understanding of the healing process that included special ritual preparations, a night spent in a special place for dreaming with priests interpreting the dreams afterwards to determine suitable treatment. Aesthetics including the theater were an integral part of the healing process, so it is standard to find theaters at Aescalepia. Despite the good signage explaining all this, we were appalled to hear the explanation that the theater was inserted into the sanctuary just for convenience sake. For understanding the way Aescalepia functioned this is one of the most complete and excellent sites to visit.

Thank Julian S
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

These are greatn ancient roman city with a great view of city from the top. an 1-2 hour walk to see all the ruins

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

as we were listening our guide and walking in ruins it was like walking at the city of hercules :) we expected xena come from next corner. it fas fun and joyfull.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I recommend The Acropolis is a very impressive site ruins of Asklepion. You can enjoy spectacular views both from Acropolis to the valley and from Asklepion to the Acropolis. Despite the fact that the Great Altar of Zeus of Pergamon is transported to Pergamon Museum of Berlin, the basement is still in Acropolis.

I highly recommend this ruins and you have a chance of living the history.

1  Thank adnanmordeniz
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The lower section of the site was all that was available at the time, but the underground tunnels of that site were fun to investigate as was the view of the upper section from below. If you are in Berlin, be sure to check out the Pergamon altar on the Museum Island.

Thank flaneur40
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