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Legendary Troy proved to be fact when, in the 1870s, a wealthy German businessman, Heinrich Schliemann, began excavating in this area. He discovered the ruins of a series of ancient cities dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period. Schliemann declared one of these cities — at first Troy I, later Troy II — to be the city of Troy, and this identification was widely accepted at that time.

Located about 30km south-west of Canakkale, there is, in fact, more than one Troy. Altogether there are nine - dating from around 3,000 BC to the 5th century AD. Each one is built on top of the last which means that Troy was built in different layers through the centuries. This means you have to use your imagination and the reconstruction plans to get some idea as to what the ruins might have looked like. The 7th Troy is most likely to have been the setting for Homer's famous Iliad - an epic poem of the Trojan War, said to be among the oldest extant works of Western literature, dating to around the eighth century BC.

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