Asklepion in Pergamum, Turkey

Asklepion was founded in 4th century BC around a sacred spring to serve as a medical institution.

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What is left is the ruins of Asklepion, still under the watchful eyes of Asklepios, the God of Healing who was believed to be able to resurrect the dead.

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Patients would begin their journey of healing by walking through this Sacred Way.

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Following the path of the ill and sick into the treatment building.

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There were cubicles where patients spent their nights in and by morning would recount their dreams to the healers in order to diagnose their problems.

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Modes of treatment included massage, bathing therapies, herbal remedies, drinking of water and surgeries. Patients were prescribed with customized treatments according to their diagnosis.

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A theater was built to provide entertainment to patients who might spent a longer time for treatment at Asklepion.

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An inexpressible tranquility and serenity hovered around Asklepion till this day, a testament to its reputation as one of the best healing institution of the ancient world.

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