World's Most-Visited Ancient Ruins
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Annual Visitors: 536,000
Izmir is now the closest major city to Pergamum, an ancient Hellenistic cultural center whose acropolis rises 800 feet above the valley and includes marble temples to Athena and Trajan, a Greek theater, and a library with 200,000 volumes. Across the valley, in the second century A.D., Galen, one of antiquity’s most famous physicians, practiced at a major medical center, the Asclepion.
Source: Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture