Discover Turkey, home of Troy
Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world with its 4000 years of history. Step into a world of myth and legend amidst the ruins at Troy Archaeological Site. In the 6th century, Troy was called Ilion, and was ruled over by Alexander the Great.
The Ancient City of Troy, famous for being the site of Trojan War that Homer described in his epic poem The Iliad, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1998.
With its history dating back to 3000 BC, it is one of the most famous archaeological sites of the world. It is located within the boundaries of Canakkale province.
According to the foundation legend of Troy, the sea goddess Tethys and the Titan of Atlantic Sea, Oceanus, had a daughter called Electra. Electra would become Zeus' wife and would give birth to Dardanus. Dardanus' son Tros would found the city called Truad, and his son Ilus would found the city of Troy.
The site of the first beauty contest that gave rise to the Trojan War was close to Mount Ida. The three beauties of the contest were Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, and the judge was Paris. Paris chose Aphrodite. As Aphrodite promised Paris the love of Helen, wife of the king of Sparta, Paris abducted Helen and took her to Troy, provoking the war.
According to the findings revealed during the excavations carried out in Troy as of 1871, the city was founded and devastated several times in its history. As well as 9 archaeological, 42 structural layers were unearthed during those excavations. During the following excavations, house foundations, theatres, a sewage system indicating quite advanced technology, public bath houses, and various artefacts were found in the various layers.
The city besieged by the Greeks during the Trojan War, as immortalised in Homer's Iliad.
Archaeological Site of Troy, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998 on cultural criteria. Troy is waiting for those who would like to trace the stories of ancient cultures.
UNESCO Identity Card:
Official Name: Archaeological Site of Troy
Architectural Type: Ancient City and Nature Park
Built: 3000 BC - 8th century AD
Date added to Unesco: 1998
Location: Canakkale, Turkey
Archaeological Site of Troy, Canakkale
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