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We saw the sun rise from our train compartment and arrived at Izmir train station 2 hours late. If we'd only known we would have slept for longer! Mark had a late breakfast and then we took the local bus to Selçuk, where we are staying for the next two nights. This is the gateway to the Ephesus ruins. There is so much history wherever you turn your head. The Basilica of St. John was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over ...
... material from the first century.
While on the 3 hour walking tour, I used the mobile app to take pictures and compose this blog entry offline.
The bus tour ended at a rug shop back in Kusadasi where authentic Turkish refreshments were served while listening to a sales pitch to buy rugs. This shop had good fast wifi and I uploaded this blog posting with all the Ephesus pictures.
... sight for Christians as witnessed by the busloads of tourists everyday. Thursday, Nov 14 we toured Ephesus, a Roman city built approximately 1500 B.C that gained prominence during the Roman times, with a population about 250,000. Again, much of what was used in this area was carted off to build other areas, or buried overtime. Ephesus is only about 20% uncovered to this date. Still, the size and magnitude of what remains is remarkable. Our ...
We started our morning in Selcuk by having a walk around the town before moving onto Ephesus. Ephesus was an ancient Greek, and later Roman, city. Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean.
The most impressive ruin for me was the Library of Celsus. This was built in 125 AD and has been reconstructed with its original pieces ...
After a wander around the narrow winding lanes to the market and the challenge of finding our way again, we left the lovely little town behind as we headed firstly to Bergama.
We arrived at Bergamon to discover we could catch a cable car up to see the ruins of Pergamum. We saw the Acropolis, the temple of Athena and the library where there was once 20,000 volumes.
It was an amazing place, the steepness of the tiered seating and the height was ...