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Our second port of call. This was going to be our big tour of the trip. The ruined city of Ephesis, then the house that the Vergin Mary passed in, then a Biblical lunch, then St. John's ruined bacilica, then authentic Turkish rug making, then back to ship. Ephesis was amazing. Could spend the whole day here just exploring. You really can't imagine how overwhelming this place was back in the day. Try to imagine down town Sacramento but everything in marble. ...
... of the city and its people. He showed us the statues of Nike - Roman goddess of Victory, and the gates of Hercules, the theaters, of which there are two and the real showstopper - the Library of Celsus. This was the third biggest in the ancient world after Alexandria and Pergamon. The scrolls kept here contained works of Greek Drama and as a centre for early Christianity, who knows what Theological treasures were squirreled away in the dark and ...
... We piled into two cars and headed an hour south of Izmir. Ephesus was built around 10th century B.C. by the Ionian Greeks. The Romans took over and it was a thriving harbor city. Today it sits 5 km inland because silt deposits from the adjacent river created landfill so it is hard to imagine the remaining city as a harbor. The ruins were known to be there and initial excavations started in 1875 led by the Austrians. Many of the artifacts and ...
... million during the summer when the large resort fills with tourists from Turkey itself, northern Europe and the Balkans. (and all the cruise ships)
Terry, Sharon, Vince and myself opted to stay in town and go to the bazaar and just take the day at leisure. Evald and Laurie headed off to see the ancient site of Ephesus. Vince and I did that tour in 2011.
The pictures added to this blog of Ephesus are courtesy of Evald and ...