The ancient city of Ephesus
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Soon we were on our way from Ku┼čadas─▒. I had asked if this other couple (Mary and Aziz were their names) wanted to see the Virgin Mary's house on the way to Ephesus, so we took a detour there. Along the way we passed by the Temple of Artemis, an ancient wonder of the world. There was almost nothing left of this ancient site, though. The little house was up on the top of a large hill in a very serene area with a stream and a small forest. It was pretty busy with tourists, but we were able to make the most of it. There is a tiny shrine there now where the house once stood.
After leaving this site, we headed back down the hill to the city of Ephesus. We parked at one entrance and were told to walk through the site, and the driver would be waiting for us on the other side.
This road through Ephesus took us past the municipal buildings, and then down into the business section of the city, if you will. There were remnants of shops and bath houses, blacksmiths, and pillars lining the entire street where statues once stood. Heading into the heart of the city, we saw the library of Celsus and the agora, or meeting place of the people.
The city of Ephesus in it's prime was right on the water, and had a major shipping harbor. Over time, the water level dropped, and people lost interest in the city. You can see from my pictures how far away the water is now.
We headed back into Ku┼čadas─▒ with some time to kill before departure (and dinner), so we walked around the little town, wandering into the shops and observing the people. We walked to an old fort on the edge of town, and after we had walked around the perimeter, we sat down on one of the walls and watched the sun set. It was a beautiful end to a wonderful day!