Çanakkale and Troy
Çanakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles is the nearest modern town to the ancient city of Troy where Hector, Achilles and the beautiful Helen flourished; where Homer set his epic Iliad; where the Trojan War was waged; and where various civilizations built and rebuilt over 4,000 years until Troy gradually faded from importance—and then from sight—during the Byzantine era. While the excavation site of the city cannot be seen from the Dardanelles, the fact that historic legend placed the city between the strait and Aegean Sea helped archaeologists rediscover the ruins of ancient Troy in the 19th century.
By Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
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