This tour is designed especially for the guests, who have limited mobility.
After departing from the Port of Dikili the first stop will be at the Asclepion of Pergamum, named
after Asclepion, god of health, and reached via a sacred road lined with monuments and architectural
fragments from antiquity. The Asclepion added to Pergamum’s reputation as a center of learning and
science, and contained a rehabilitation center, an Ionic portico, sacred spring, latrines, and something
called a “psychotherapy tunnel”.
Your next stop will be at the Pergamum courtyard, containing a large temple built using red flat bricks,
dedicated to the ancient Egyptian god Serapis in the 2nd century AD. The truly massive red structure,
though held at one time to be the house of the Devil, was converted into a church with the rise of
Christianity and dedicated to St. Paul. It is uncertain, but suggested that one of the towers of the
temple was once used as a synagogue for the Jewish faith.
There will be 30-minutes leisure time to explore the town before re-boading the coach for the
return 45-minute drive to the pier.