Asklepion was a god of medicin in ancient Creek mythology. It was also a first health care center in the world – near Pergamum.
If you look very carefully you can see city of Pergamum on the top of the hill – temple of Trajan and Creek theatre.
Once a broad Roman road lead to Pergamum – and to Asklepion.
Excercise how to build ancient stonewall nearby road.
Near asklepion a view to hill of Pergamum – theatre can be seen well!
A sign board of Asklepion – and how it once looked.
Here is yard of Asklepion – once full of life. Or at least sick people…
This fragment used to be once in temple of Asclepion. Here is the symbol of resurrection – two snakes drinking milk! Asclepius himself had the power to raise from the dead and he himself was restored to life by Zeus. Cool! This reason he was thought to have also a snake form and tame snakes were kept in his temples as this animal was regarded as a symbol of regeneration.
Poppies still have strengths to grow in this hot and dry land…
Here used to be the sacred fountain – Let me guess … If you drink this water you will get well again! Yes – 10 points!
There after the arcade of columns used to be a library. Actually those walls have space between to keep moisture away.
Nice carved stone…
Here used the people take water bath or mud bath. Of course it is good for health.
A board telling us about the theatre – laugh was important part of healing…
Also very nice theatre here in Asklepion. Not too big but nice! Of course nice plays and laughing helps people to get well again.
This theatre is in very good shape.
Nice view on the stage from backrows.
Nice stone stairs between seat-rows.
Still one view from right side.
Far back one can see clearly theatre of Pergamon.Creek really loved theatre…
From backrow whole Asklepion can be seen nicely.
Very nice columns with beautiful decorations.
From some temple? Asklepion?
Nice place for taking mud bath…
Some old wall structures. Maybe dealing with temple of Telesphorusfor.
Here is the entrance to “Temple of Telesphorusfor”, who was the son of Asklepius.
Tunnel network – Telesphorus had healing powers and he was the god of convalescence.
Here – in this corner – people used to bath.
Sick people used to life in small rooms beside tunnel. Then their dreams were interpreted by doctors.
Center pillar of temple – the circular perambulatorium.
More information about the buildings and yard from ancient times.
Structures above ground from the circular perambulatorium.
Opposite the temple (of Asklepios) is the place where the pilgrims of the God sleep. A circular edifice built of marble nearby named as the Tholos.
A port into temple? Tholos has a circular sekos, a wing and an inner colonnade. A ramp leads to its entrance, which was situated on the east side.
Pool? or just deep ditch? Or place for building?
View from west towards theatre.
Ruins of old ancient house.
Line of columns in western side of yard in Asclepion.
These were from eastern side … if I remember right.
Nice column – standing alone against hundreds of years…
It’s time to get back.
Again nice zoomed view of Pergamum on top of the high hill.
It’s time to let Pergamum and Asclepion sleep in eternal peace…