The Ruins at Ephesus

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Aug 07, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

We had an semi-early start this morning, I was up at 7am, because at 7.45 we had to be ready for the taxi, as we were seven people going together it was cheaper to get a large taxi than to go by the public bus. Ephesus clażm to fame is that the ruims are quite well preserved, although being more than 2000 years old, and the Ephesżans bużld the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Now all that is left of the Temple of Artemis is one single column, and that wasn't erected, until archeologists came by in the 19th century and assembled some pieces.
We had been told that three large cruise ships would be unleashing their guest onto Ephesus today, the guest would probably start to arrive around 10am, so we were there a couple of minutes before 8, so we could have at least a couple of hours to enjoy the ruins before the turists came by the hundreds (and before the ruins turned into a crusible)
We started at the High Gate, went past the baths to the Odeion, which is a small amphitheatre, used for music and theatre of course, but also for government sessions, this tiny amphitheatre could hold around 1400 people, from there we went by the Marbeled Street past other ruin till we got to the Theatre, which is THE amphi theatre, capable of seating 24000 people. The theatre was build up a little hill, and it does really look good, even though a huge crane was towering over it, as they were doing restauration work on the theatre. We had gone to the theatre more or less with out seing the stuff on the way, as we wanted to get a few pics of the monumental room without any other turists. There after we went back and saw The Hill Houses, which is the living quarters of the people of Ephesos. They were remakably well kept and we could still see the beautiful wall murals and floor mosaics.
After that I sat down to read a bit about the town, where after I left and went back to town in seach for some moscito repellant, as I am being eaten alive and forgot to bring some from home.
I think that the rest of the group might still be out there. I love to see stuff and all, but ruins are just not my thing. Angkor Wat was also really old, but it was still standing (most of it) but here it is mostly just a jumble of rock, which I find a little borring in the long run. Seing the stuff that was still standing was nice and interresting, but spending hours under the burning sun watching pieces of rock lined up on the grass isn't really my idea of a good time. So I was what was standing, read the boards that was posted around the site, and left a little bit smarter and a lot warmer.
The entry fee for Ephesos is 10YTL, but if you want to visit the Hill Houses you have to pay an additional fee of 10YTL. A busride from town will cost you 2YTL one way, and the taxi is 15YTL one way.
I think I'll spend the rest of the day walking around town, maybe paying the museum a visit and write some postcards.
Take care,
Eva Maria

PS. Pictures will start to come as soon as I find a net cafe, where all the USB's haven't been blocked or removed.

Well, I spend the rest of the day wandering around town, and when it started to cool down a little I went to visit the Ephesos Museum, where they had all the nice statues and stuff found at Ephesos. And, to my surprise the guy in the turist information next to the museum spoke Danish. He was Turkish but had to decided to learn a new language, had found a Turkish-Danish dictionary and started on page one. His pronounciation was not perfect, but he was quite understandable.
From the museum I went out to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - The Temple of Artemis, of which all there is left now, as you can see on the pics, is rubble and one single pillar. I was probably nice and all back then, but now it's just rocks in a jumble.
The Temple of Artemis used to be in Ephesos, but as the town was plagued by mossıes and malaria, they moved the town, why the temple now is about 2km from the town of Ephesos.
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