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Ancient City of Bargylia Could Be Yours for $8M

The property includes a theater, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2018 10:03 AM CDT
Bargylia dates back to the first century BC and was named in honor of the mythical Bargylos.   (Getty/Trismile)

(Newser) – The ancient Greek city of Bargylia in modern-day Turkey is on the market and could be yours for just $8 million, reports MNN. Located 19 miles from Bodrum on 300 acres overlooking the Gulf of Güllük, the property includes a theatre, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis, according to the Greek City Times. The property dates back to the first century BC and was founded in honor of the mythical Bargylos, who was mortally wounded by the winged horse Pegasus. Bargylia has never been officially excavated so no one is certain what artifacts might be lurking there, but treasure hunters can be heard looting the property at night.

The area has been privately owned since 1927 and is currently classified as a Grade 1 archaeological site, so it’s off-limits for development, but that classification could be changed. Turkey is hoping that selling the property to a responsible owner will help protect it from theft and decay. Locals hope that Greece’s Culture and Tourism Ministry will step in and rescue the parcel. The site was up for sale in 2015, and at the time it was described as "a first-degree archeological site, facing the Bird Heaven Lake near the Bogazici Village, with full sea and lake view," according to the Lonely Planet. The price has been reduced by $2 million, so you could say that it's dirt cheap. (Read more Bargylia stories.)

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