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The main reason toursts come to Çanakkale is to tour the nearby site of ancient Troy (Truva). Most historians now agree that this mound of rubble, formerly called "Hisarlik," was probably the location called "Troy" by Homer in his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

To make the most of a trip to the site, you need either a very good guide, or a very good book. Our guide, Baris Kaya, a graduate student at the local university who works for Hassle Free Travel, did a fine job enthusiastically explaining the site. He also recommended a book written by his college teacher, Mustafa Askin: Troy: with Legends, Facts, and New Developments (Keskin Color Kartpostalcilik Ltd., Ankara Cad. Muhsirbasi Sk. No. 6, 34420 Sirkeci, Istanbul, revised edition 2002). Look for a copy of this inexpensive but impressively illustrated little book at the souvenir stands on the way in; you'll find it helpful in sorting out your impressions of what can be a rather confusing archeological site. Look especially at the the chapter titled "How to Visit Troy."

The windy plain on which the battles of the Trojan War would have been fought, if it was a real historical event, are visible behind Baris, as well as green fields that now cover what used to be the salt water. Local rivers have silted up at their mouths, leaving Troy now stranded far from the waters of the Dardanelles.