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The west side of the hill of the Pergamon Acropolis, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

Akropol Cad. (also known as Kale Yolu), the road from Bergama up to the Acropolis (see below).

The steep west side of the hill of the Pergamon Acropolis.

Photo of the Pergamon Acropolis taken 1880-1910 at My Favourite Planet

Photo of the Pergamon Acropolis taken 1880-1910 from the same perspective.

Photographer unknown. Source: Library of Congress, Washington DC.

The Pergamon Acropolis

One of the world's most impressive and evocative archaeological sites
with a dramatic location and wonderful views.

Opening times: every day 8:30 - 17:30; May - September until 19:00.

Admission: 20 Turkish lira.
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The Bergama Cayi river valley and the Akropol Cad road up to the Pergamon Acropolis at My Favourite Planet

The valley of Selinus river, now known as Bergama Çayı,
as seen from the west side of the Pergamon Acropolis.

The narrow road which crosses diagonally up from the bottom to the middle right of the photo is Akropol Cad. (also known as Kale Yolu), the road from Bergama up to the Acropolis. It is a continuation of Bergama's main street Bankalar Cad, and starts at the north side of the river, just east of the Red Basilica. From there it snakes its way up the west flank of the Acropolis hill, loops around the north face and steeply up to the car park and entrance to the Acropolis archaeological site.

Altogether, that's a haul of over 5km, and can be hard work by foot on a hot summer day. It's therefore not surprising that so many visitors take the "Telerifik" cable car or a taxi. For those who have the time and stamina to make the hike, it's a great walk, and the beautiful views make it well worth the effort.
 
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Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis

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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Pergamon
originally appeared in 2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.
 
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Istanbul Essentials part 3
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