Assos or Behramkale is a small town on the Aegean-coast, founded from 900 – 1000 BC.  When the settlers came, they built a temple on top of the crag.  From this point many parts of the surrounding areas could be seen.  In 348 BC Aristotle moved to Assos and married. Under his rule, he encouraged philosophers to move to the city and opened an academy, before leaving three years later in 345 BC.

Several years later the Persians arrived and began ruling the city, until Alexander the Great arrived in 334 C, driving out the Persians.  In 133 BC the Roman Empire took control and the city shrunk to a small village, this is the way it has remained.

Today many of the old buildings are in ruins and Assos continues to be excavated.  The temple on Crag was cleared and now many of the famous artworks appear in museums across the world, including the louvre.  The city is now bustling with locals and tourists, since it serves as main port in Turkey. There is a hamlet called Iskele, which is a small wharf area with old stone houses and restaurants, a favourite for tourists. The roads leading to the hamlet are steep, with shear drops and small pebbly beaches. At night the bars stay open late, often competing to see who can play the loudest music.

Other historical sights in the region include the Ancient City of Troy and Bozcaada. The region capital is Canakkale, here you can find many accommodation options and transport links. More Info...

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