My Sunday excursion to Bergama.
By bus less than two hours North of Izmir.
This city used to be called PERGAMON
in the old times, and now we are talking of really old times,
times like 300 before and after Christ
when this city was like the IN place to be!
Germans started the first excavations already in 1878.
Today the best place to look at remains of Pergamon
is the Pergamon Museum in Berlin,
quite many pieces actually were smuggled out of Turkey.
Also visit Louvre and the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.
PS. Did you know that Marcus Antonius transferred
200.000 books from the Pergamon Library to Alexandra, Egypt
as a wedding present to Cleopatra!
My Cleopatra costume of Saturday wasn't a bad choice at all!
Temple of Trajaneum.
Germans are still continuing their excavations,
and there are a few bits and pieces, or should I say stones and gravel ...
to be admired in Pergamon Akropolis.
Here a scetch of the city as it used to be.
In this amazing theater 10.000 people could be seated.
It had the steepest seating in the ancient world.
This Asian tourist wearing high heels
did not have any fears with the depth,
she was deeply concentrating in taking pics
with her orange covered iPad, matching her handbag ...
Nowadays it's so easy to get up to the Akropol,
jump into the gondola lift!
Yes, you can take it down as well.
Was guckst du?
Was wohl. Die Braut har gerade getantzt ...
The whole neighbourhood was dancing,
or somehow participating a wedding.
This was on the way from Akropol to downtown Bergama.
I was even cordially invited to make pictures
of the newly weds in their house!
Turks love to stand in front of a camera.
How exciting was that!
Yes, please do ask why the rest of the crowd is not dressed up.
Bergama still has it's charm.
It is not a dog. It is a ... Ziegenbock.
And these are "freilaufende Ziegenböcke".
Sorry, but I have to show this.
I do think that there still is a big problem with the garbage in this area.
In the city things are organized, but ...
get to the countryside and wonder where all that plastic comes from.