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This is the South Gate of Troy VI that was probably the principal entrance to the citadel. Of the gate, only the roadway survives today. It led in a straight line up into the citadel and was entirely paved with stone slabs. In the middle of the road a drainage channel, possibly of Troy VII date, runs beneath the paving-stones.

The South Tower (measuring 10 m x 9.5 m) was added to the citadel only later in Troy VI. The walls, whose execution is like that of the walls of the East Tower, are built directly on bedrock and are preserved to a height of two metres. Immediately in front of the tower stood several stone stelae – evidence of a typical ancient Anatolian gateway cult.

To the left, behind the South Tower, a pillar shows the location of the “Pillar House”. With an area of 27 x 12 m, this was one of the largest houses in Troy VI. In the hall of the house stood two pillars which probably supported a heavy roof or possibly even a second storey.

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