Granite columns weighing up to 50 tons contribute to tourism in Çanakkale

The 2,000-year-old inner harbor of the ancient city of Alexandria Troas, which served as a trade center for a long time, turned into a lake when its connection with the outer harbor disappeared over time. The inner harbor continues to contribute to tourism with its heart-shaped pink lake and the outer harbor with its granite columns reaching up to 12 meters in length and 50 tons in weight.

According to the news in DHA, the 2,000-year-old ancient harbor has become one of the 8 known lakes in the world with pink color, as the salty water inside turns pink at certain times of the year. Today, the inner harbor is known as the pink lake with a heart, and the outer harbor, where the giant granite columns, which were the most important factor in the enrichment of the ancient city, were exported, contributes to tourism with its ruins in the sea.

REMAINS ATTRACT ATTENTION

It is still possible to see some of the granite columns, which were exported to many countries by ships from the outer harbor, up to 12 meters in length and weighing up to 50 tons. Especially in the outer harbor section, the remains of 2 thousand year old granite columns in the sea attract attention. Some of the granite columns are at the bottom of the water, while the upright ones can be seen above the sea. The granite columns in the sea, which are integrated with the magnificent view revealed by the sun setting over the North Aegean Sea every evening, attract visitors. After spending the day swimming among the 2,000-year-old columns in the sea, many people immortalize these moments with the photos they take on and between the columns with the sunset view in the evening.

Prof. Dr. Erhan Öztepe, Head of Excavation of the Ancient City of Alexandria Troas, said:

“The relationship between humans and the sea, which started in the prehistoric period, began to turn into a commercial meaning with the construction of ships in the Bronze Age, and this commercial relationship has evolved and developed until today. The point where this trade reaches on land is ancient harbors. These ancient ports gradually grow and reach much larger sizes in the Roman Age. We see that the Ancient City of Alexandria Troas, which we have been excavating for some time, is one of the important Roman settlements and ports known in the North Aegean today.”

“The ruins that have survived to the present day can be traced above the sea and under the water,” Öztepe said:

“The harbor of the ancient city consists of an inner and outer harbor. The most important factor that made the port of Alexandria Troas important in this period and contributed to the growth of the city was the trade carried out from this port. The huge columns obtained from the granite deposits around Çığrı Mountain, about 10 kilometers behind the ancient city, were exported from here to the Western Mediterranean countries, Spain, Tarragona, Italy, Greece, the western coasts of Anatolia, the island of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean coasts, and the city gained great economic power in this sense. Another factor that makes the port important is that Paul the Apostle, who is described in the Bible, used this port during his second and third trips in the 1st century AD. Today, we no longer have the chance to see its importance in antiquity and its old commercial activities, but especially the inner harbor continues to attract visitors today. We see that the interest continues to increase today as the heart-shaped lake turns pink in late September and early October.”

Source: https://www.aksam.com.tr/guncel/canakkalede-agirliklari-50-tona-kadar-ulasan-granit-sutunlar-turizme-katki-sunuyor/haber-1118925

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