Biga-Kemer-Parion Tour from Canakkale
The ancient city of Parion is located in the village of Kemer in the township of Biga in Canakkale Province. The Ancient City of Parion was major coastal city with two harbors in the Roman period. The City had intensive relations with Thrace and Anatolia throughout history. This was the main customs station through which all Istanbul-bound goods from Greece and the Aegean had to pass.
Archaeological excavations at the site started in 2006. Among the historical artifacts inventoried at the site are a statue of Artemis (Diana), a gold earring with an Eros figure, and an ipotane (a centaur sculpture) as well as a number of tools.
Where does the name Parion come from?
Based on information obtained from coins, Ionians from the island of Paros gave the city its name. According to another account, the name is said to come from the Trojan King Priam’s son, Paris, who was educated here. In still another legend, the city is named for an Athenian commander.
DAY 1 CANAKKALE-KEMER-PARION ANCIENT CITY-BIGA-CANAKKALE
08.00 Pick up from Canakkale Hotels
09.30 Arrive at Parion
The odeon was built in the 2nd century B.C. as a public building designed for small-scale concerts and meetings. A seating area, thought to have had a capacity of 1,000, has been unearthed, and the round and square mosaics over the semi-circular orchestra pit have been carefully preserved.
The seating area of the theater was ravaged in the Roman period to build a defense wall. When the excavation of the still extant stage section is completed, however, the stage and orchestra will emerge and the seating arrangement will be recreated using the original stones.
This structure exhibits all the characteristics of a typical Roman bath. It is thought to have been a rather large complex owing to its proximity to the theater. Excavation of the changing rooms of the structure, which was used as a garbage dump for 400-500 years in the late Roman period, is targeted this year.
A terraced structure, thought to have been a bath or a villa, overlooks the city’s theater and bath. In addition to a pool heated from below, there are also two special wash basins. Based on recently unearthed marble fragments, the walls are thought to have been encased in marble, and some floors paved with mosaics.
Continue on to Biga
Lunch ( Enjoy the famous meatballs with Biga’s special cheese dessert with syrup )
Return to Canakkale
Drop off at hotels
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