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... being investigated - at least that may spread the tourists out a bit. We accessed some wifi whilst on our tour bus for a brief and slow interaction with our emails. We were dropped off by the port, had a quick walk around the Bazaar area, then returned to the ship by about 12.30. The 'all on board" time was 1.30, however, as usual, we watched stragglers arriving right up to 2pm which was our ...
... in the 6th century AD over the grave of St. John the Epistle. It is another collection of ruins spread over a large site and has seen many of the Popes of recent times visit.
Our final stop is a Turkish rug factory. Allegedly a government institution to guarantee fair wages for the young women producing rugs, I am instantly turned off by the game of spruiking and hardsell by the Canadian/Turkish boss. He is overbearing, overweight and overly long in his ...
... of this, Ephesus is huge. The great theatre is a natural wonder all by itself. The Temple of Hadrian and the Celsus Library are very interesting. However, they were not the highlight - the terrace houses make Ephesus one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. The terrace houses are a series of houses that are over 2500 years old and reasonably intact. Watch as archaeologists put small pieces of porcelain together as part of the jigsaw that made up ...
... so we jumped in and headed off. We had been sure to say we wanted a safe (slow) drive. The driver was very good and told us about the area as we went along, and warned us when he was going to go fast to get us past the buses heading for the same destination. Driving about 110km/h didn't seem so bad until we saw a speed limit sign and realised ...
... scholars question whether it could have been that large given its location.
What made it prosper as a city was the fact it was on the water, having a harbor. Subsequently the harbor silted up and the city eventually was abandoned. The sea shore today is 3 miles away!
On 27BC Emperor Augustus made Ephesus the capital and chief commerce center of western Anatolia; second in importance to Rome.
Some of the famous sites in the city ...