You say Ephesus, I say Efes
Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
46Trip End Jun 06, 2010
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Ephesus was one of the world's foremost cities in its day, located on major trade routes with access to the sea. What ultimately ended the reign of the city was access to the sea silted up and the marsh lands produced malaria. That along with earthquakes convinced the citizens it was time to search for terra firma.
As you wander through the ruins of this once magnificent city, you can image what a glorious place it must have been, particularly if you were among the wealthy (I guess that part remains the same!). There was a large library, public baths, large amphitheatre and fountains
The amphitheatre has been restored along with the two-story library facade. The library once housed some 12,000 scrolls. There are even restored public toilets – one lira, please.
Once part of Ephesus but now on the outskirts of Selcuk are the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Today only one column remains of this structure. It serves good purpose by being the home to a nesting stork and two baby storks.
The rest of the day was turned over as free time to wander the town, visit the museum or just rest. This will likely be our last opportunity to have dinner as a group tonight as our driver leaves us tomorrow and we fly back to Istanbul.