Ephesus

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Great Theatre at Ephesus, with Harbour Street on the right

People I met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Eric and Dave (USA)

During the journey from Bodrum to Selcuk, the sky had clouded over and cleared again on numerous occasions, but with the weather forecast predicting rain for the next week, we decided that we would try and visit Ephesus that day. Having dropped off our bags at the Kiwi Pension (40YTL / $26 for a triple, en suite), located only 100m from the bus station, we ate lunch in a nice outdoor cafe and then walked the 3km distance to the site.

Ephesus is arguably Turkey's biggest tourist attraction, with crumbling ruins of what was once a bustling harbour City, but which now stands on a plain due to silt in the water and the coastline having retreated.

Me in front of the Library of Celsus and Gate of Augustus - Ephesus
The history of Ephesus dates back almost 3000 years, but its most important years came under the Romans, who controlled the strategic location after it had slipped from the grasps of the Macedonians. Naming it the capital of Asia minor, the City was to flourish as a trading post and became home to 250,000 citizens at the height of its power.

We spent several hours wandering the site, and getting to grips with the stunning architecture. Sitting at the top of the Great Theatre was incredibly inspiring, as was the Library of Celsus. We visited the Agora and Odeum, walked down the ancient roads and marvelled at the mosaics. It is incredible to imagine what historic moments had preceeded my visit. One historic event that caught my attention occurred in 41BC. Cleopatra's sister, Arsinoe, was in exile in Ephesus, and as she was seen as a threat to the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra got Mark Antony to send someone to kill her on the steps of the Temple of Artemis.
Slightly ironic, wouldn't you say!
.. if only the stones could talk... or they had CCTV!

After exploring, we made our way back to Selcuk and went into a cafe to warm up. We ate some pide, played some cards and rested up. In the afternoon we visited some ruins that are situated next to the Basilica of St John's. The weather was miserable, but thankfully it didn't get too bad, so we were not driven inside and thus also made our way to the Citadel and Isa Bey Camii.

In the evening we went and sat in a restaurant and played some more cards, as the rain came tumbling down outside. Selcuk out of season is a pretty quiet town, so we decided to head back to the hotel and relax for the remainder of the evening.

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Great Theatre at Ephesus, with Har…
Great Theatre at Ephesus, with Ha…
Me in front of the Library of Cels…
Me in front of the Library of Cel…
Slightly ironic, wouldnt you say!
Slightly ironic, wouldn't you say!
Sarcophagus outside Selcuk Museum
Sarcophagus outside Selcuk Museum
Byzantine Citadel
Byzantine Citadel
The road from Selcuk to Ephesus
The road from Selcuk to Ephesus
Gateway at Ephesus
Gateway at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Gymnasium foreground, Great Theatr…
Gymnasium foreground, Great Theat…
Harbour Street and Great Theatre a…
Harbour Street and Great Theatre …
Harbour Street at Ephesus
Harbour Street at Ephesus
Eric on Harbour Street, with The G…
Eric on Harbour Street, with The …
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Great Theatre at Ephesus
Stage of the Great Theatre at Ephe…
Stage of the Great Theatre at Eph…
Archway at Ephesus
Archway at Ephesus
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Cat sits on top of an inscription…
Agora and the Library of Celsus in…
Agora and the Library of Celsus i…
Library of Celsus and Gate of Augu…
Library of Celsus and Gate of Aug…
Dave and Eric in front of the Libr…
Dave and Eric in front of the Lib…
Library of Celsus - Ephesus
Library of Celsus - Ephesus
Library of Celsus - Ephesus
Library of Celsus - Ephesus
Gate of Augustus - Ephesus
Gate of Augustus - Ephesus
Statue at the Library of Celsus - …
Statue at the Library of Celsus -…
Roof of the Library of Celsus - Ep…
Roof of the Library of Celsus - E…
Gate of Augustus - Ephesus
Gate of Augustus - Ephesus
Agora - Ephesus
Agora - Ephesus
Agora - Ephesus
Agora - Ephesus
Library of Celsus seen through the…
Library of Celsus seen through th…
Inscriptions at Ephesus
Inscriptions at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Latrine at Ephesus
Latrine at Ephesus
Fountain of Trajan - Ephesus
Fountain of Trajan - Ephesus
Fountain of Trajan - Ephesus
Fountain of Trajan - Ephesus
Fountain of Trajan and the Library…
Fountain of Trajan and the Librar…
Fountain of Trajan and the Library…
Fountain of Trajan and the Librar…
Pillars at Ephesus
Pillars at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Curetes Way - Ephesus
Curetes Way - Ephesus
Curetes Way with the Fountain of T…
Curetes Way with the Fountain of …
Mosaic floor at Ephesus
Mosaic floor at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Curetes Way - Ephesus
Curetes Way - Ephesus
Curetes Way at Ephesus
Curetes Way at Ephesus
Carved stone at Ephesus
Carved stone at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Carvings at Ephesus
Carvings at Ephesus
Ruins in front of the Odeum at Eph…
Ruins in front of the Odeum at Ep…
Columns at Ephesus
Columns at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
The Odeum at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Sarcophagi at Ephesus
Sarcophagi at Ephesus
Sarcophagi at Ephesus
Sarcophagi at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins at Ephesus
Ruins by the Basilica of St John
Ruins by the Basilica of St John
Byzantine Aqueduct, near the Basil…
Byzantine Aqueduct, near the Basi…
Ruins by the Basilica of St John
Ruins by the Basilica of St John
Entrance to the Basilica of St John
Entrance to the Basilica of St John
A view over the roofs of Selcuk
A view over the roofs of Selcuk
Selcuk Citadel
Selcuk Citadel
A view of Selcuk from the Citadel
A view of Selcuk from the Citadel
Basilica of St John
Basilica of St John
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Isa Bey Camii
Hammam
Hammam
Ephesus Museum
Ephesus Museum
Roman bust at Ephesus Museum
Roman bust at Ephesus Museum
Roman busts at Ephesus Museum
Roman busts at Ephesus Museum
Priapus statue at Ephesus Museum
Priapus statue at Ephesus Museum
Bust of Marcus Aurelius at Ephesus…
Bust of Marcus Aurelius at Ephesu…
Ivory carving at Ephesus Museum
Ivory carving at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Sculptures at Ephesus Museum
Sculptures at Ephesus Museum
Ephesus Museum
Ephesus Museum
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Cupid riding a dolphin at Ephesus…
Sarcophagus at Ephesus Museum
Sarcophagus at Ephesus Museum
Sarcophagus at Ephesus Museum
Sarcophagus at Ephesus Museum
Lion sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Lion sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Sculptures at Ephesus Museum
Sculptures at Ephesus Museum
Bowl at Ephesus Museum
Bowl at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Figurines at Ephesus Museum
Figurines at Ephesus Museum
Exhibits at Ephesus Museum
Exhibits at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Lions head at Ephesus Museum
Lions head at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Sculpture at Ephesus Museum
Carved figures at Ephesus Museum
Carved figures at Ephesus Museum
Roman Emperors Busts at Ephesus Mu…
Roman Emperors Busts at Ephesus M…
Roman Emperor Domitions bust at Ep…
Roman Emperor Domitions bust at E…
Roman Emperors wifes bust at Ephes…
Roman Emperors wifes bust at Ephe…
Roman Emperor and his wifes Bust a…
Roman Emperor and his wifes Bust …
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Carvings at Ephesus Museum
Cupid riding a dolphin at Ephesus …
Cupid riding a dolphin at Ephesus…
Cupid riding a dolphin at Ephesus …
Cupid riding a dolphin at Ephesus…
Gladiator carving at the Ephesus M…
Gladiator carving at the Ephesus …
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