Jul '10 - Aug '10
I wasn't in the city long, I was using it as a base to visit a few other sites. The city used to be the primary naval base for Attalos II, the king of Pergamon's fleet in 150 BC. The port still functions for smaller boats, the walls surrounding it are now lined with shops and restaurants.
Turkey is at the crossroads of the Middle East and Europe, to this day its unique geographic position has brought with it tremendous conflict. It has been occupied by such diverse civilizations as the Hittites, the Trojans, Lyceans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine and Ottomans, finally leading to the establishment of the modern Turkish state. In the wake of these periods of occupation, architecture from each has been deposited throughout the country.