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... attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport.
Gate of Augustus. Tomb of John the Apostle at the Basilica of St. John.
Ephesus contains the largest collection ...
... a peaceful area with beautiful roses and we enjoyed a lovely lunch there before heading to the pickup point for the "shuttle" up the hill, looking across to the castle at Selcuk, built by the knights. We enjoyed a glorious sunset.
The next morning we were up, on two minibuses to Kusadasi first and then to Soke. We were very surprised to drive past huge resort style complexes with water parks and slides, even a ...
... the time we left, so we were very glad to have gotten there when we did.
Everything about Ephesus is so cool. It may not be the most romantic place to spend one's anniversary, but for a couple of history buffs like Dennis and me, it was fantastic (and far cheerier than Gallipoli). Dennis had visited Ephesus with his family in 2002, but loved it just as much the second time. He noted that they have dug out a lot more of the city over the past ...
... made mound called a "tell."
Geographically, Ancient Troy commanded a strategic point at the southern entrance to the Dardanelles and at the crossroads of two continents where trade routes converge.
Troy VII is likely to be King Priam's Troy where the Trojan War broke out. Traces of a huge fire are seen from this period.
The Trojan War was believed to have been fought from 1194 to 1184 BC.
The Trojan War
Hera, Athena, ...
... on a hill are just some of the signs of wealth. Then there was the Odeon, a theatre which could seat 1400 people to enjoy musical or theatrical performances. The Grand Theatre (built in the Hellenistic age) located off Marble Street could seat 25000 people and had a stage building three stories high. During the late Roman period this was the site for gladiatorial contests. The Marble Street was intended for vehicles as the pedestrians ...