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Ancient Cities in Turkey


Troy is a city which was often thought to be a myth, existing over 4000 years ago. It was first discovered in the 19th century and is known as Truva in Turkish and is recognised as a World Heritage Site. The ruins may not be as breathtaking as first expected, but well worth the visit if you have ever heard the tales of either the Trojan War of Homer’s Iliad. Until the archaeologist Schliemann discovered the ruins of four ancient towns, it was thought that the writing of Homer was a legend.

We offer great tours to Troy, including 2-day tour Kusadasi/Selcuk to Gallipoli & Troy and our Troy tour From Eceabat or Canakkale which are some classic Turkey highlights and fantastic Turkey Troy tourism options.

Troy is a complex city, with nine ancient cities, each built on top of each other.  In the Bronze age (3000 – 1700 BC) Troy was strategically located betweenEurope and Asia. In the 3rd and 2nd millennia, Troy became a prosperous trade and cultural centre.  After the Trojan War, the city became abandoned between the years 1100 – 700 BC.  Greek settlers began to reoccupy the area in 700 BC and Alexander the Great ruled around the 4th century and named Ileum.  The Romans then captured the city in 85 BC and named it New Ileum.

The ruins of Troy can be visited daily. The first thing you will see when visiting the site is a replica of the wooden Trojan horse.  There are models and superimposed pictures around the site, to give a deeper understanding of how Troy would have looked at various points throughout history.

The Ancient city of Troy is located close to the budding town of Canakkale, where there are many restaurants, shops and hotels, as well as public transport links to Istanbul and Izmir.