Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
9Trip End Feb 26, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hotel Nazar Selcuk
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
The next day I woke up and had my Turkish breakfast. This hotel included yogurt and it was good. Taste thick and creamy just like Greek yogurt. My tour arrived at 9:15am, picked up two other tourist (a couple from Indian living in Dubai now) and we were brought to the tour company office.
Our tour began shortly after. Seven of us in total went to Mary Magdoline's house where she "lived" after Jesus died.
From there we entered into the ruins of Ephesus.
Ephesus was founded around the 10 century BC. However propel such as Alexander the Great, the Ionians, Romans, and eventually Christians all lived their.
As I entered Ephesus from the upper gate I was greeted by the Varium Baths. It was custom To wash oneself of any harmful things before entering the town. However, baths were also a social place, like a hamam (Turkish bath house) where people would hang out with friends, make new friends, and get massages. Next we saw a large square which is called Upper Angora. It looks like a big theatre however, this was more of a political arena. At one time the whole base was filled with Marble.
We walked and saw many other ruins, most of which were not erected.
As we walked down the main street (Curetes Way)
After leaving the Libary of Celsus we saw the Great Theatre
After leaving Epehsus we ate lunch which was Ok. Then we went to a leather making factory, basically a place for us to buy leather products and a ceramic factory, a place to buy ceramics. Basically everything is completely over priced because everyone gets a cut of what is purchased.
From there we went to Temple of Artemis which is located in Selcuk.
From their our tour ended and we were all dropped off at the tour office. I was talking to one of the salesman when another tourist came in and asked about a tour. I totally sold this man the tour. The salesman from the office was so impressed that he took me around the corner to another ruins site in Selcuk called the Basilica of Saint John.
John was said to have come to Ephesus twice once between 37AD and 48AD and once with Mary in 95AD. He was said to have written his gospel here on Ayasuluk Hill. A fourth century tomb was believe to house his remains so in the 6th century Emperor Justinian erected a magnificent church on top. Practically everything at this site has been restored. This Basilica also overlooks this massive castle in Selcuk. Unfortunitely no one can go in and nothing is inside. It's just the outer ring f a castle with fields inside. Sad. It looks so mighty from the outside.
Today I am off to Istanbul to complete my week stay in Turkey.
The train left Selcuk at 6:49am and only cost 3TL (around $1.75 USD). It's a really nice train, nicer than the LIRR (Long Island Rairoad) and a whole lot cheaper.
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