Turkey – Yassihoyuk : The museum of King Gordios and the tomb of King Midas
The capitol of the Phrygians, Gordion was
originally settled by Thracians in the 12th century BCE. It became a Phrygian
city in the 9th century BC, but was destroyed in the Cimmerian invasion. While
it was rebuilt, it was conquered by the Lydians, Persians, and Alexander the Great, who cut the famous Gordionknot. The city was eventually destroyed
in the third century BC by the Galatians.
There are three sites to see in Gordion, the Midas Tümülüs, Gordion Museum, and Acropolis. Midas Tümülüs is early 8th century BC tomb of a Phrygian king.
It's a small wooden structure where the body of and elderly man and some burial
offerings were found. The Gordion Museumacross the street contains Bronze Age
finds as well as Phrygian objects and mosaics and Hellenistic era antiques. The
best pieces are displayed in the Anatolian Museum in Ankara .The Acropolis
is 3kmaway from the museum, but little remains visible. The
remains of the city's main gate can be seen, but the is not much left of the
From Ankara, take the bus to Polati (they run
frequently) and from there, hire a taxi (around 40 lira) to Gordion. If
traveling by car, take the Ayas road until the Gordion sign.