Troy (Truva), Canakkale

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World heritage site · Battlefield · Ruin
Gaze across the plains of Troy (Truva), where Odysseus once left the proverbial wooden horse in one of the most cunning war hoaxes in history. This World Heritage Site was the center of ancient civilizations from the early Bronze Age until Roman times. Driven by his childhood obsession with Homer's epic, German businessman Heinrich Schliemann excavated the remains of nine historical civilizations in the 1870s. Walk along the remnants of rough ancient walls and across a paved chariot ramp. With your imagination and the help of a guide you can picture how the famed city from The Iliad appeared. The layer of Roman Ilium is best-preserved with its bouleuterion (the city council) and a small theater. Kids will enjoy examining the mock Trojan horse in front of the entrance. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Canakkale holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Troy (Truva) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This Troyan horse is actually original from movie Troya with Brad Pit. Horse is made from wood and polyester which looks like wood. This monument is must visit in Canakkale.  more »
  • We had a great tour of Troy. It took us seven hours to get there from Istanbul but it was so worth it. Our guide provided detailed information on the history and mythology surrounding the city. The...  more »
  • I thought we would only see a horse. I didn't realize there were 10 cities buried on top of each other, having been excavated from the 1800s. It is worth it to have a guide to go here with you, so you understand the history.
  • Read the Iliad or have a good idea about the Homeric legend before visiting the site and use your imagination based on the fable as you visit the ancient site for a much more rewarding time at the ruins.
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