|Temple ruins in Bergama, Turkey|
But Jason noticed the ancient city of Pergamum was located here. Hooray - more ancient ruins to see! So we took a short detour off on our planned route along the Aegean Coast to explore.
The pictured Temple of Athena, located at the top of a 984-foot-tall hill, dates to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 B.C.). Although only the main foundation and restored marble columns remain, the temple was probably constructed, using the Acropolis of Athens as a model in the earliest days of the Pergamene kingdom. More of the temple remains can be found in the Berlin Museum, unfortunately.
The whole site is well worth a look if you are in the area. But I think we are getting a bit spoiled by the ancient ruins we've seen in Turkey as the ones in Aphrodisias still remain my favorite!