"The Red Basilica in Bergama" Turkey Off The Beaten Path Tip by Paul2001
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The Red Basilica is a immense ruin of a church which you should visit on your way to Pergamum. The church was actually built over the grounds of a temple that had been dedicated to the Egyptian gods, Isis, Serapis and Harpocrates. The temple was considered to be one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse and was suppose to be the location of the throne of the Devil. It was destroyed by Arab raiders in the 8th century and then turned into a basilica by the Byzantines. The brick work is red hence the name. One of the towers of the basilica is now used as a mosque.
Considering its mythology and for the fact that I was alone in this large compound, the place seemed very eary. However there is really not all that much to see that you have not seen already if you have done an extensive tour of Turkey and more selective travelers might want to give it a pass.
The basilica is located on the north end of the town on the way to the more famous ruins at Pergamum. The church is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm and cost $2.50 to enter.
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