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87 km south of Canakkale is Assos, the famous teaching center of antiquilty.
| Aristotle, Plato's most famous student was
invited to Assos and spent over three years living and teaching there. He married the
niece of Hermeias, founded a school of philosophy and conducted his early exploratory work
in zoology, biology and botany.
The acropolis of Assos is 238 meters above sea-level, and the Temple of Athena was constructed on this site in the 6th century. B.C. This Doric temple is being restored to its former glory and role as guardian of the Biga Peninsula and Edremit Gulf.
Take a stroll in this area to see the moonlight scattered through the temple ruins or rise early for the gentle awakening of dawn over the acropolis, from the top of which you can take in the magnificent vista of the Gulf of Edremit; and you will appreciate why this heavenly location was chosen. On the terraces descending to the sea are agoras, a gymnasium and a theatre. From the northern corner of the acropolis, you can see a mosque, a bridge and fortress, all built in the 14th century by the Ottoman Sultan Murat I. Below lies a tiny and idyllic ancient harbor.
Assos has gained the reputation of
being the center of the Turkish art community with its lively, friendly and bohemian
atmosphere. This may be the holiday you will remember for years to come.