This is part of what’s left of an ancient city of Pergamum in a modern-day Turkey. It was also a well-known center for the arts. The theatre was originally built during the 3rd century BC, modified by the Romans. The theater has 80 rows of seats, divided into three sections, with a seating capacity of about 10,000 persons. It has a very good acoustic sound system. When I was at the bottom, I could literally hear what my group was talking at the top.Pergamum is one of the “seven churches of Asia” in the Bible as written by Apostle John in the Book of Revelation.
“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘I know your works, and where you dwell… where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to my name, and did not deny my faith even in the days in which Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.'” Revelation 2:12
The two trees in the picture are where the “Throne of Satan” was built before. The throne was excavated, relocated, and reconstructed in Berlin.
Turkey is literally filed with abandoned ancient relics. Even in the city, we found a sarcophagus used as a beautiful “settee” for these young girls.
I went up the hill to visit the old man who lives there. “It’s been a long time,” he said, “Since I’ve seen you.” “Yes,” I said, “I know. But I’d not forgot you.” Then, in welcome, he sang to me. But what I had remembered as a youthful voice full of vigor and fit for forever was turned now into a croak, a rasp, a sad affair of the heart. When he dies, I thought, a little of me will die with him. “These bones go deep,” he said with an effort as he stood there proud yet, “How can you forgive yourself?” I thought about that as I kissed him goodnight and laid him down to rest, up there on that hill. “In nomine Patris,” I said gently, “In nomine Patris.”