Pergamom – The Seat Of Satan?

This excerpt from the Book of Revelations, clearly cites what early Christians thought of the fabulous Altar of Zeus, on which Antipas was sentenced to death, when he refused to declare that the Roman emperor was “Lord and God.”

“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 altar is long gone, transported stone by stone to Berlin.
But Pergamom, even without its prized altar is a stunning archaeological gem modeled on the Acropolis of Athens.

What I felt, walking through the few but striking remnants of this once glorious city and gazing into the misty valley from the top of the heartstoppingly steep theatre, was far from evil.

Pergamom was home to the second best Hellenistic library after Alexandria, that was completely destroyed by earthquakes nearly a thousand years ago.

A few majestic marble columns of the Temple of Trajan still stand in proud defiance of the annihilating power of earthquakes and conquerors. And beneath, is this amazingly well preserved vaulted foundation called the Tunnel of Trajaneum.

Until next time…happy travels wherever life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

85 thoughts on “Pergamom – The Seat Of Satan?

  1. These are all fabulous. The history that goes along with them adds
    to the understanding of them. I think the one with the arches leaves
    you wondering how many people had walked through them. Excellent, Madhu.
    You never disappoint in you rimages or information. ~~~~ : – )

    1. Thank you Isadora! I always worry that not everyone will find the history as fascinating as I do 🙂

  2. What a mesmerising set of arches Madhur. I love your fabuolus tours, words and pictures, through the ancient world. Lucky you!!! (and of course very clever you!)

    1. Thank you for the kind words Patti, I am more lucky than clever I think! You are the expert photographer 🙂

  3. I agree with you Madhu.. it is a stunning archaeological gem. A superbe series of photos too 🙂

    1. As long as you aren’t bored by all the details Deepa 🙂 Thank you for checking this out.

    1. Thank you. It certainly is a great site to visit. Although Ephesus is much larger and grander.

  4. Madhu, I almost skipped this post because your title gave me goosebumps. But your pictures were wonderful, as usual. 🙂 Great job on the photos and the accompanying descriptions. You are turning me into an armchair traveler. 🙂

    1. Have no idea who she is, she just happened to be there! Thank you for stopping by Rick. Just checked out your blog, and was wowed by your photos!

    1. Thank you Gilly, the history itself is so fascinating! Doesn’t involve much work on my part to make it interesting 🙂

  5. Love the perspective of those doors… I feel as if they wanted to suck me!
    Great, as usual.

    1. Thank you Nandini. This is one of the few photos in my archives that I am proud of 🙂

    1. Yes, the person adds a feeling of depth and enhances the perspective! thank you so much Denise 🙂

    1. Ephesus is of course the grandest of them all! i meant to cover that for the E challenge, but ran out of time! Thanks for stopping by Claudine 🙂

    1. Thank you Shaantz, the arches are my favourite feature too, and the theater of course.

  6. For someone who is admittedly the “Ooh pretty, click, click, on to the next place” kind of photographer, these are all pretty darn good. Great compositions and they fit the challenge very well.

  7. There is amazing history attached to the photos you have posted. Perngamum is one of the seven churched God addresses in the book of Revelations as the Scripture above has stated. I think the city was also known for healings. Your last two photos shows the glorious outdoor theater. Thank for sharing these wonderful photos.


    1. Yes Francine, a path below the theater leads to the Asclepion that was the healing center. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  8. Thanks from a vicarious traveler. Maybe I’ll make it to Turkey and Pergamon someday. In the meantime thanks for the views and commentary.

  9. A brilliant photo-essay! All the photographs reveal such grandeur era and you have remarkable written the historical composite in a very smooth way ! Bravada, Madhu !

  10. I love the shot of the stone arches. Very interesting post!

    1. That is only the foundation Elisa, imagine the workmanship that must have gone into the temple above!

    1. Thank you Lisa! Pergamom was indeed one of the nicest Greco Roman ruins we have visited.

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