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Troy (Turkish: Truva or Troya) is an ancient city in what is now northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to Iliad, this is where legendary Trojan War took place. Today it is an archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. It was also recently declared a national park.
The nearest main center is Çanakkale, about 30 km to the north of Troy. There are hourly minibuses that travel to and from the Çanakkale local bus station, which is located under the bridge by the river.
The site is 2 km off the Çanakkale-Izmir highway (D550/E87). Road signs (saying either Truva, Troya, Troy, or Troia, sometimes two of them on the same signpost) will direct you, starting from the ferry harbour in Çanakkale.
Explore the ruins.
Troy was destroyed and rebuilt nine times over, and each of nine different layers still has something left to this day, although amateurish archaeological excavations of late 1800s damaged some of them a lot more than others. The layer that is thought to be depicted in Homer's Iliad is likely Troy VII, a portion of the legendary walls of which is still intact.
The admission fee to the site is 15 TL pp.
Climbing up the ladders of (fake, re-constructed) Trojan horse in the entrance of the site is an inevitable part of Troy experience. Better do it on weekdays as the ladders (and the interior of the horse itself) may be crowded at weekends by schoolchildren on a schooltrip (a situation which makes climbing up and down those steep stairs rather unpleasent).
- Wilusa Restaurant, Tevfikiye, ☎ +90 286 283 00 44 (fax: +90 286 217 84 89), . Turkish fast food.
- Varol Pansiyon, Tevfikiye, ☎ +90 286 283 08 28 ([email protected]). Guesthouse with 24-hr hot water.
Staying in Çanakkale and visiting Troy as a day-trip is also possible.
There are public payphones just off the entrance of the ancient city. Telephone code for the area is (+90) 286.
- Bozcaada, an island in the Aegean Sea, is located nearby (within the sight of bare eyes from Troy). Geyikli harbour, which has a ferry connection with Bozcaada, is only ten or so kilometres away from Troy, to the south.
- Canakkale, if you have not already arrived from that direction, should be one of your next destinations.
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