Troy (also called Ilion) was immortalized by the Greek poet Homer in his work "Iliad". The city is located in western Turkey, near the Dardanelles Strait, which connects the Aegean with the Sea of Marmara. Troy is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, not only because of its place in literature, but also because of the information it provides about the development of European civilization. Archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1870s and have found evidence of the existence of nine different settlements built successively on top of each other in different periods of the Bronze Age. In separate sections, visitors can see remains of all nine levels, testifying to the development of the city over 3,500 years and remaining in history as the arena of one of the greatest wars of antiquity.