We walked the city starting with the peak and walked down the mountain all the way through the lower acropolis which had the sanctuary of Demeter, the gymnasium, and the lower market all the while passing ancient aqueducts until we were lead out through the Gates of Eumenes out of the ancient city.
There I was walking through this ancient city and I couldn't help but think about how insane it was for me to be walking though the same corridors as they did so long ago. The city is now a ruin, but the grandeur of it had to exist in ancient times too. I cant believe people made such a huge and beautiful city with their hands. Now a days we use machines and tools and still complain. Even though the Acropolis is crumbling there is still wonder there, even in the tiniest most broken piece of chiseled marble.
Yummy breakfast at the Gobi Pension, my most favorite meal time since I've been here, because its always vegetarian!
A part of a palace in the high acropolis
Leaving the Acropolis to the Red Basillica
The Red Basillica or the Kizil Avlu was built in the 2nd century AD for the Egyptian gods Serapis,Isis and Harpocrates, when the Egyptian religion was reaching the Roman Empire. A stream ran beneath it in stone channels and was used for ritual bathing. The Byzantines later built the Church of St. John the Apostle within the ancient walls and it is still used today as the Kurtulus Camii mosque.
On our way to the Asklepieion! (I described it in my last post)