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Pergamon Asclepion - Pergamum Aesklepion

Sanctuary of Asclepios (God of Healing -- dates back to 4 BC)

Also called Pergama or Bergama (road signs) - thanks to Selma for reminder.

Stella and James continued on with us here, since he was driving :-)



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James drew our attention to these buildings,
while Stella could be a resident  :-)
Visiting an older section of the town before touring Asclepion

James drew our attention to these buildings,
while Stella could be a resident :-)

Without Stella
Without Stella
I loved the colors of this neighborhood.
I loved the colors of this neighborhood.
Pergamon's Asclepion and the Sacred Way entrance
Pergamon's Asclepion and the "Sacred Way" entrance
Courtyard
Courtyard
Stella waving from the hill above
Stella waving from the hill above
Stella & James, near the theater, behind.
Stella & James, near the theater, behind.
Another view of the area to the right
Another view of the area to the right
The town beyond.  On low ground, this site suffered more from sieges.
The town beyond. On low ground, this site suffered more from sieges.
Windy and cold, but the site was still beautiful.
Windy and cold, but the site was still beautiful.
262' long, with 12 windows above for sunlight, patients were given hashish, walked in silence 
through the tunnel while listening to soothing sound of water from the sacred spring flowing under the floor.
Underground tunnel that led to treatment centers
and escape from heat

262' long, with 12 windows above for sunlight, patients were given hashish, walked in silence
through the tunnel while listening to soothing sound of water from the sacred spring flowing under the floor.

Tunnel ends at the Healing Center - built in 150 AD and two-storied, now just a lower floor
which, along with walls, were once covered with marble, the roof with wood.
Upon exiting the tunnel, I saw this first.

Tunnel ends at the "Healing Center" - built in 150 AD and two-storied, now just a lower floor
which, along with walls, were once covered with marble, the roof with wood.

This was a round building in 6 sections.  Patients were given exercises, honey cures, supervised
diets, herbal medicines, mud baths, and could have their dreams analyzed for diagnostic purposes.
The Healing Center area at end of tunnel

This was a round building in 6 sections. Patients were given exercises, honey cures, supervised
diets, herbal medicines, mud baths, and could have their dreams analyzed for diagnostic purposes.

They drank from a 'sacred spring' and bathed in those waters, and used the theater and library
resources there.  Great for stress :-)
More sturdy remnants of the healing center

They drank from a 'sacred spring' and bathed in those waters, and used the theater and library
resources there.  Great for stress :-)

When we went through the tunnel, we didn't know it led to the famed Healing Center area.  It was
quite an amazing feeling to come out to see the foundations of what must have been quite an
impressive, restful place.
A wall and tree in that area

When we went through the tunnel, we didn't know it led to the famed Healing Center area.  It was
quite an amazing feeling to come out to see the foundations of what must have been quite an
impressive, restful place.

The marble road survived (marble mainly in mid-section of the path) because of protection, from
winding up in lime kilns, by a gradual covering with the silt of spring torrents after the cult of
Asclepios lost popularity due to several sackings.
Exiting by Sacred Way.


The marble road survived (marble mainly in mid-section of the path) because of protection, from
winding up in lime kilns, by a gradual covering with the silt of spring torrents after the cult of
Asclepios lost popularity due to several sackings.