Palatial Residence of Troy VI

GPS coordinates: 39.957142, 26.237838

Archaeological site: 

Palatial Residence of Troy VI
Palatial Residence of Troy VI


This text is a fragment of a guidebook to Troy "The Secrets of Troy (TAN Travel Guide)".

Not much has been preserved from the Palatial Residence of Troy VI, but it probably had two floors as a fragment of a staircase was discovered. Schliemann called this building "the Palace of Priam", but the residence dates back to the earlier period of 1700-1300 BCE. Large vessels for storing food discovered here testify to the fact that, at least for some time, this building served as a warehouse.

The observation point of the Palatial Residence has been constructed directly above the massive fortifications of Troy VI. From this vantage point, the retaining wall of the complex can be seen to your left. It was an impressive construction, 27 meters long, gently sloping inwards. Four vertical offsets, sometimes described as the "saw teeth", are the most characteristic feature of the wall. Their creation required high precision in cutting the massive blocks. These offsets played, most possibly, two roles: as the decoration and as a support for the timber-frame superstructure that was filled with mud-bricks. The slight curvature of the wall, on the other hand, could have been a measure against the earthquakes. While looking at these walls, it is easy to understand why Homer repeatedly praised the beautiful walls of Ilios.

The building that this substructure supported was located on the lowest of the terraces that formed the mound of Troy. A broad alley separated the residence from the fortifications. Based on the impressive dimensions of the building, the researchers assume that it was a part of a larger palatial complex. Troy VI was a carefully planned city with a unified architectural design and the streets of equal width, running up to the heart of the town. However, the identity of the palatial complex is sometimes questioned, and the functions of its rooms have not been discovered. As large vessels -- the pithoi -- were found within the building, it could also be a warehouse for the foodstuffs.

Visitor tips: 

From the Ramp of Troy II follow the path to the south. On the way, there is a viewing point where the Dardanelles Strait is clearly visible in the background, with the Trojan Plain between you and its waters. According to the archaeologists, the harbour of Late Bronze Age Troy was situated over there, around 8 kilometres from the fortifications of the city. The researchers believe that the landscape of that era matched the descriptions provided by Homer. After 20 meters you will get to the stop where the traces of the Palatial Residence of Troy VI can be seen.