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Sunday 24 April - Troy

The students are excited about climbing up inside the Trojan horse at Troy.

The students travelled to Troy to explore the ancient cities, before undertaking final preparations for the Anzac Day dawn service.


Photos taken at Troy have been added to the gallery.

View the short video of The Premier's Anzac Prize tour group preparing to visit a local moszue Anzac Cove with the quiet waters on the beach in the background.

Student views

Day 7 Troy and getting ready for Anzac Day

This morning we had a slightly later departure as we had a big afternoon coming up. We travelled to Troy where we explored the ancient cities. This was really fascinating as we could see each of the distinct levels of the nine cities of Troy. Each layer used different building and design techniques and the layer upon layer of recycling of building materials was really interesting. After we explored the city of Troy, we climbed into the giant Trojan horse; the replica one, of course. We learned that there had been many versions of the horse but that this one's design was the most commonly accepted design in Turkey.

On our way back to our hotel we visited a mosque. As we were unable to visit the popular tourist mosque in Istanbul, we were fortunate enough to see a small local mosque. The girls with their heads wrapped with scarves and the boys who were wearing long pants were taken on a tour of the empty mosque. We learned all about the Islam faith and the prayer cycle for Muslim people, including the prayer call and protocol with women and men praying. It was a beautifully decorated and very well looked after mosque.

We returned home to a very special lunch that our hotel owner organised for us. After hearing that we were yet to experience the traditional Turkish food of pide and kebap, he ordered some in for us from a local restaurant. We were all so very excited to be eating authentic pita bread and pide that we were all absolutely silent during the meal as we enjoyed our treats.

In the afternoon we got rugged up and packed ready to sleep out at Gallipoli ready for the dawn service the next day.

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