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Old 05-03-2009, 07:52 AM   #13
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Pergamum

The current day city of Bergama is next to the famous, ancient, hill side city of Pergamum or Pergamon. The Altar of Zeus was excavated by Germans a long time ago and they built the Pergamon museum in Berlin for it. Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated by this museum and I donít think I have ever been to Berlin without going into the Pergamon museum. Thus I was especially looking forward to see the actual site and I had planned a full day for the visit. I wasnít disappointed.
The reconstructed Temple of Trajan is certainly impressive.

This is all that is left on site of the famous Altar of Zeus. The original is in Berlinís Pergamon museum.

With 10,000 seats the amphitheater is massive

A relief fragment

The Middle City is huge and can be explored without any barriers

Floor mosaic in a roman period house

A beautiful tree on a hill overlooking the Temple of Trajan.

Modern Bergama is a pleasant city. I found this old bridge in the city

The ever present carpet dealer

The Red Basilica. It was originally a temple to Egyptian goods and later had a basilica built inside. St John has singled this one out as the throne of the devil. All seemed quiet though.

One of many donkeys on the side of the road. Considering the record fuel prices here it makes sense.
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