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This is the ancient temple of Zeus, the principle Greek God. Pergamum was a Greek colony and city state. St Paul mentions this city in the book of revelations as one of the 7 cities. It was reputed to be the throne of Satan and human sacrifices would take place on the altar, which was removed by the Germans in 1930 and taken to the Berlin Museum. During the Roman occupation Pergamum was an influential political center & the martyr Antipas was roasted alive in 92 ad, inside a hollow bull with a fire lit beneath. Not my idea of entertainment. His crime? Apparently he drove out too many demons from the city. More info here:

http://www.cbn.com/700club/features/churchhistory/pergamon/ez28_seat_of_satan_part_1.aspx

Most of the tourist crowds head for Ephesus, several hours south of here by car, but it was enroute from Istanbul and Cannakale (Anzac Cove) / Troy, so I stopped here for a day or 2 and stayed in Bergama at the foot of the plateau. Highly recommended.

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