Assos (Gk approaching) is a small harbour built to the northwest of the ancient harbour. Aristotle came to Assos to marry Pythias the niece of King Hermeias in 345BC before going to Lesvos only some 3 km away. [Levos is the island seen on the horizon in the following pictures] Arriving here after some months on the road in 2004 we collapsed for a couple of weeks and soaked in what I consider the most relaxing times of my life. interrupting our stay here was a volcanology meeting at the local caravanserai, and attending was an old politician who after some discussion remembered clearly as a child meeting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
The ancient harbour is now just visible from the beach to the south. The stonework identified through the crystal clean waters. This was the only good harbour in around 80km in the Adramyttium gulf, and so became an important location for trade.
Assos is located at the end of the Biga or ancient Troad peninsula looking west to Lesvos from where the town was established ca 700BC.
Here looking to the north along the coast towards Troas the location from where Paul travelled by foot. Acts 20:13 The distance is around 35-40km by foot. [A suggestion of the ancient route: http://www.stpaulsroutes.com/2010/05/from-troas-to-assos.html] This walking was by no means a random inclusion in the record. For the risen Eutychus early in the morning, here was the presence of the apostle Paul as the representative of the risen Lord, now walking with the disciples for a short time before his departure. This inclusion with the disciples was in the same fashion with which the disciples would be comforted and given instruction before their own incorporation with the work of Christ in their preaching. As a component of Paul’s travels collecting funds to represent the gentiles as representatives of the grace of God to Jewish brethren under famine conditions in Jerusalem, this walking with the disciples displays a joined and co-operative mission to display the gospel of Christ in person.
On the top of the final ridge is the modern town of Behramkale south of Ayvacik and the temple of Athena and the disintegrating ancient cemetery. The doric ruins are adjacent to the more modern ruins of the Ottoman Murad Hüdavendigar Mosque. The sculptured architraves from Assos can be seen in the Musée du Louvre.
Things to see at Assos: