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“Neat ruins, especially if you know the background”
Review of The Asklepion

The Asklepion
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Day Trip to Pergamum and Asklepion from Izmir
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Bergama
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Bowie, Maryland
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“Neat ruins, especially if you know the background”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

These are the remains of a medical hospital, and if you know (or hear via guide) how they treated people at the facility, the ruins are very interesting. There is a column street leading to the ruins, which is hailed as the longest columned street in Turkey - I personally thought it was just ok. But once you get to the main ruins, you can see where the patients stayed, the tunnel where they walked to receive treatment, and a nice amphitheater. I think this attraction is kind of off the beaten track - most tour groups probably go across the street, where they are some other ruins accessible via cable car that look more attractive. I did not visit those, so I can't comment on them; however, I can say that it was nice to visit a place with no crowds and to have time and space to properly explore the ruins.

The bathrooms are outside in the parking lot near a vendor area - they were decent and free. There are no facilities inside the ruins.

Visited March 2014
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“Great history lesson”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

What a great experience visiting the Asklepieion and exploring the world's first phychiatrc hospital. The site is well laid out. The highlight was the underground tunnel that served as treatment rooms as wel las sleeping chambers. It was also good shelter from the hot sun. It was very peaceful when I visited with the occasional tour group visiting.

Visited July 2013
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Helena, Montana
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“Fabulous ruins and a killer view”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is another must see in Western Turkey. Built on top of a steep citadel; the ancient city is only accessible by tram. Once you arrive you are rewarded with 360 degree panoramic views. Take a tour with one of the expert guides who will explain the ruins, the history of the city and its fame in the ancient world. The theatre, temple and well are amazing and make great photo opportunities. There is also some nice shopping at the stands outside the city gates.

Visited March 2014
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“Big site that's worth the effort to explore”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great site, but most people/ tours only do the top part. There is lots more to see as you walk down the hill back to the town, and it's worth the effort. There is a house with mosaics, a gymnasium and other interesting sites.

Visited October 2013
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Kusadasi, Turkey
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“Definately worth the visit...”
Reviewed February 12, 2014

The view from the acropolis theather was just breathtakingly beautiful. :) Its a shame that the Germans took the main building altar to Germany it would have been wonderful to see the altar in its place. The museum across from our hotel was good too. Alot of artifacts to see.

Visited September 2013
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