TROY MUSEUM, Çanakkale, Turkey

The museum is full of artefacts from the real city of Troy which used to be on the coast and was inhabited for over 3000 years. Cooking materials and weapons, along with statues and bricks are all on show. The museum has lifts, and the ramps between floors are slopes should you wish to walk. There are clean toilets and a shop. It is a wonderful modern museum that explains so much.

There has no doubt been many wars and battles here over this piece of land which was by the sea until silt extended the land into the sea and placed the current position inland. The museum and tour of TROY are normally one coach tour. Whilst the museum is easy to walk around, Troy is not so easy. See all the films we have including the one of Çanakkale Port where the horse from the film stands. Turkey has a history of museum activities. Their first museum, established in the Ottoman Period, is today’s Istanbul Archeology Museum, followed by museums in Bursa and Sivas. There have been museums in Çanakkale since 1911 but this modern facility, which is amazing, opened in 2018. It is on four floors and in seven sections: Archeology of Troas Region, Bronze Age of Troy, Iliad Epic and Trojan War, Troas and Ilion in Antiquity, Eastern Roman and Ottoman Period, Archeology History, Traces of Troy.

As well as the tombstones, large sculptures, and artefacts there are modern 3D holographic animations and many photographs.

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Romulus and Remus are said to be ancient Rome’s legendary founders. However, many characters like Helen of Troy may have been made up or based on others, just as stories and religions have done for years and years.

The movie Troy starred Brad Pitt and Eric Bana, it was a story based on the classic myth. It is more likely the wars were over trade routes and power. There is more evidence to power and changes of power at the museum than you will find of the mythology.

The museum is normally a twin visit with the site of Troy, and we enjoyed doing the museum first.

Legend has it, in Greek mythology, that the Trojan War was an attack on the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, King of Sparta. The movie Troy starring Brad Pitt and Eric Bana is based on a tale first written down in the epic poem The Iliad, written by the Greek author Homer in about 750 BC. In short, the Greeks give the Trojans a parting gift, a large Wooden Horse. It is taken inside the city walls and the Trojans (People from Troy) party. When drunk and asleep, the many Greeks come out from inside the horse and attack them. The rest of the army was hiding on an island nearby, thought to have sailed away. The Trojan Horse may be fictional, but Troy is a real place and there were many battles there.


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The last people to occupy this area were the Romans, up to about 500 AD.

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