Home of The Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, Ephesus vividly demonstrates the power of Rome and the wealth of Asia Minor. The ruins and ongoing archaeological digs here serve to create a real sense of ancient civilisations at the height of their powers – at one point all the city's public buildings were made of marble and even its streets were paved with it.
Visit Brighton Beach, Hell Split, the Beach Cemetery and the Grave of John Simpson. At Anzac Cove it is possible to visit Ariburnu and Anzac Cove cemeteries, the Lone Pine Australian memorial and cemetery. You can also walk the Artillery Road and even visit some original tunnels and trenches at Johnston’s Jolly, the infamous Nek cemetery, as well as the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and cemetery.
If your students have studied Homer then the Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, the Trojan Wars, the battle between Achilles and Paris, sacrificial altars and the 3700 year old city walls will all become vividly apparent on this day trip.
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The Theatre of Pergamon, one of the steepest theatres in the world, has a capacity of 10,000 people and was constructed in the 3rd century B.C. The site also boasts the altar of Zeus and temples to Athena, Dionysus and Serapis. Legend has it that Pergamon is the location of Satan's throne.
"İstanbul's strategic location has attracted many a marauding army over the centuries. The Greeks, Persians, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found littered across the city. And the fact that the city straddles two continents wasn't its only drawcard. This was the final stage on the legendary Silk Routes that linked Asia and Europe, and many of the merchants who came here liked it so much that they, too, decided to stay. In so doing, they endowed the city with a cultural diversity that it retains to this day."
Why I Love İstanbul By Virginia Maxwell