If you are vacationing in amazing Turkey for longer than a day and want to tour around then Archaeologous suggests; Troy..... Just the name by itself, conjures up "Helen" of Troy, the famous siege of Troy by the Spartan warriors and their “wooden horse” around the 13 century BC. Maybe you remember reading about Troy which was immortalized in Homer’s Iliad, in the Odyssey, and other ancient Greek literature. Even Alexander the Great visited the site in 334 BC. Here he made sacrifices at the tombs of the Homeric heros, Achilles and Patroclus.
Bit of History: Even though for most of the last 3,000 years people assumed that Homer’s Iliad was fiction and that Troy never existed, when in 1863 Frank Calvert from Britain discovered ancient ruins in western Turkey, then with ‘refunding’ in 1870 by Heinrich Schliemann the excavations continued and now it is considered one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world with it’s 4,000 years of history. Troy is definitely one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.
Troy, like every other prosperous ancient city, had it's earthquakes and take overs, and has rebuilt on "top" of itself numerous times. Your Archaeologous guide will be important in creating the history for you and will show you many of these layers during your wanderings. You can see 23 section of the great wall built for defensive measures, 11 gates, and the largest of the five great residential complexes. These are considered to be the "prototype" of the Greek temple! There is an Agora (shopping area) the Odeion (concert hall), cemeteries, Greek and Roman settlements, Ottoman bridges and much much more. All in all a great visit to a jam packed excavation site that has had profound influence on creative artist for over 2,000 years.