On the third day of my whirlwind trip through Turkey in 2013, our little tour bus rolled through Bergama to the bottom of a very, very large hill. Our destination, the ancient (Hellenistic) city of Pergamon, lay at the top. Like, the very very top. I don’t have a problem with hiking, but it was darn chilly and breezy, so I wasn’t too sad when I learned that we would be taking little gondolas up the mountain.
At the top though, I had my mind blown. The Greeks who constructed Pergamon must have had a serious aesthetic for a good view, (or, you know, the common sense to want a good defense incase attackers came a-knockin’) because from the top of that mountain you can see for MILES.
Pergamon has a reasonably long history switching hands between conquerors, but also saw some long stretches of peace and prosperity in which the city grew. Left behind are some truly impressive ruins–columns, paved walkways, the above theater…apparently the Library of Pergamon was once second only to that of Alexandria. Pretty big deal, if you ask me.
Much of Pergamon’s glory, it must be mentioned, lies currently in the Pergamon museum in Berlin, Germany. But I’d say it’s still worth a visit on its own! Although it was cloudy and damp on the day of our visit, the views were still breathtaking, and I can only imagine how things would look with a clearer sky. It’s really an amazing place to poke around and explore and imagine how things must have looked once upon a time.
Annnnd I shall leave you all with one more picture of yours truly…
With that, I’m off! Hope you enjoyed this somewhat briefer-than-usual throwback Thursday!