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Although the Acropolis and Red Basilica were also interesting to visit, I found this by far the most fascinating ruin in Bergama. The small signs around the ruin give an excellent description of how the hospital worked, treating both physical and mental ailments. I would...More
The Asclepeion is very much worth seeing. A famous hospital of its time, the words above entry way read “Death is not welcome here.” There are historical accounts of the priests turning terminal patients away because they didn’t want a bad reputation. Ever wonder why...More
A fascinating insight into the treatment of mental health c 2000 years ago. Probably best visited with a knowledgeable guide, we were fortunate to have Mehmet working with Riviera Travel who had worked there as a student.
The ruins of an ancient medical center honoring the god Asklepios, the god of health, was perhaps a bit more like a modern spa with mud baths, massage, psychotherapy sessions, and even concerts. It’s a fascinating site - you can still walk through the tunnels...More
Read about this in your guide book to fully appreciate how amazing it was in the past. In April there were masses of wild poppies and flowers and it was very beautiful. A pool full of water turtles and an underground tunnel and small amphitheatre....More
Included as part of our Gate 1 tour. It was very windy and therefore not as enjoyable as it could have been. The "road" into the complex is fitting for a large city. The complex is huge and in good repair. It really helps to...More