To enable you to make the most of Assos and Mount Ida, we prepared you special and pleasant tours. We have also listed below just a few of the attractions to show you what you will experience. To get detailed info about our tours and to make reservation, you can contact us.
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On the western slopes of Mount Ida lies Adatepe, a unique village which was ruled by and carries the marks of Troy, Leleg, Lesbos, Persia, Athens, Rome, Seljuk and Ottoman empires. Adatepe offers wonderful photo opportunities with its stone houses and narrow streets, don't forget your camera. After wondering the streets of the village you can enjoy the unique view of the Alter of Zeus from the hill overlooking the sea and sit under the centuries-old Sycamore tree in the village square, drinking your Turkish coffee as you relax.
Another village in the foothills of Mount Ida is the village of Yesilyurt on the west. As with Adatepe Village, the old stone houses give the area a typical Aegean town feel. Having been a mixed Turkish-Greek village, the Greek Church is in the lower part of the village and the mosque that is still used today was built by Greek workman. Although the majority of the village people are Juruks, they have forgotton the nomadic life. The village population live on olive growing which is the main livelihood of most of the people of Mount Ida.
The history of the inhabitants of Tahtakuşlar Village dates back to the 13th century. The area around the village is very rich in opportunities for excurcions. High vehicles like jeeps, minibuses and tractors can reach Sarıkız Hill - which has an altitude of 1574 metres, where when the weather is clear you can see the legendary Baba Hill, Marmara Sea and Gulf of Edremit. The natural wonder Hasan Boğuldu, which has a legend of its own, and the Sutüven Falls are also places to visit.
The highest point of the ancient city, the Temple of Athena was the first and only temple built in a Doric style during the Archaic period in Anatolia. Only the two-step podium survives today. When the first lights of the day dawn among the ruins of the temple and meet with the view of the Gulf of Edremit, it is easy to see why this place was chosen as a temple. Parts of the embossing from the the columns are being stored at the Boston Museum, The Louvre Museum and Istanbul Archeological Museum.
Ancient Greek cities with large open areas that became the centre of social life and where religious, commercial and political activities took place were called Agora. Assos Agora was built during the Hellenistic period and has all the features of the definition of an Agora. It is located on a terrace south of the Ancient City, looking out over Lesbos and the Aegean Sea. After entering the western gate you follow a winding path which leads to the Gymnasium, further along the path lies Agora. Immediately at the entrance of the Assos Agora lies the Agora temple and in the eastern parts lies the city council and residential areas.
Built in 150 B.C. in the Ion style, this temple is the second most important sacred area after the Temple of Athena in Troas (Biga Peninsula). The importance lies in the fact that is the only example in Anatolian Apollon cults where the mouse symbol appears. The most noteworthy aspect of the temple is the depiction of the Trojan War from Homer's epid The Illiad. The Illiad has been seen depicted on various vases, wall paintings and marble sarcophagus however the Apollon Smintheus is the first temple it is seen depicted at. Despite the fact that only 24 metres of the 120 metre long depiction has been uncovered, the parts that have been uncovered have enough beauty to enthrall visitors.