Turkey’s port city of Dikili is where we stop off for
the ancient city of Pergamon. This was the location
of the northernmost of the seven churches of Asia
Minor according to the book of Revelation in the New
Pergamon means fortress or acropolis. The city
was at the heart of a powerful kingdom and held the
reputation as a political and cultural centre in the Byzantine era.
After lunch at a local restaurant we drive to the
remains of the Asklepion, one of the world’s first
hospitals. It’s a complex of mostly open-air buildings
connected by porticoes dedicated to the god of Healing, Asclepius.
Excavations date the construction of the temple to
the 4th century BC, but it mainly flourished during the
Roman period, thanks to the efforts of Hadrian.
As well as facilities for the care of patients, the
Asklepion also included a theatre for up to 3,500
spectators, lecture halls and a library.
After our tour of the Asklepion, we return the port of
Dikili and to the ship.