Basilica of Saint John and Ayasuluk Fortress

The landscape of Selçuk is dominated by impressive Ayasoluk Hill. The oldest traces of human settlements on this hill date back to the period of early Bronze Age (3000-2000 BC). However, the attention of tourists is mainly attracted to the ruins of the magnificent Basilica of Saint John. There is also a mighty fortress towering above this site.

The Basilica of Saint John
The Basilica of Saint John

Alexandria Troas

Alexandria Troas was the ancient port city in the Troad, founded by Antigonus I Monophthalmus - one of the generals of Alexander the Great - as Antigoneia. After the death of Antigonus, another Macedonian commander - Lysimachus - controlled the Troad. The city was then renamed to Alexandria, in honor of the great Macedonian leader. Because there were many cities called Alexandria in those days, this particular Alexandria was given the term "Troas" or "from the Troad."

Alexandria Troas
Alexandria Troas

Karabiga (Priapos)

Karabiga is a small port city, situated on the shore of the Sea of Marmara in Çanakkale Province. The fascinating history of the town is inextricably linked with the cult of the god Priapus, from which came the ancient name of the settlement. The location of the city, near the mouth of the River Biga, in a small bay, favored the development of the settlement as a trading port. Even today Karabiga is an important harbor for container ships.

Karabiga (Priapos)
Karabiga (Priapos)

Dardanos

Dardanos Tumulus is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the region of Troad. Despite the importance of this burial place and its priceless contents, there are few systematic studies concerning this discovery. What is more, a visit to the site may also be quite disappointing. The golden treasures of Dardanos exhibited in the Troy Museum may prove to be much more attractive.

Dardanos Tumulus
Dardanos Tumulus

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