The ancient city of Ephesus

Ephesus Travel Blog

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Shrine at the Virgin Mary's house

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.

The small theatre at Ephesus
  The city flows almost like one really long street, so there was no reason to walk to the end, turn around, and come back.  The plan sounded good, and so off we went.  Even from the beginning, Ephesus is magnificent.  To see it during it's prime would have been awesome, and to imagine St. Paul here was even more powerful.  It was not difficult to picture him walking the streets, sharing with people as he went.

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.

Ephesus
  Our walk through the city took us to the Great Theatre at the very end, which was big enough to hold 25,000 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!

montecarlostar says:
This is definitively one of the best travel blogs I have ever read. Cheers!
Posted on: May 01, 2011
mfmcp1982 says:
Wow, looks like a great trip - you have some fabulous photos.
Posted on: Dec 21, 2008
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Shrine at the Virgin Marys house
Shrine at the Virgin Mary's house
The small theatre at Ephesus
The small theatre at Ephesus
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Main road in Ephesus
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Showing our strength in Ephesus!
Showing our strength in Ephesus!
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Main road in Ephesus
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This was at the Virgin Mary's hou…
Turkish countryside
Turkish countryside
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Main road in Ephesus
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One of my favorites in Ephesus
One of my favorites in Ephesus
The small theatre in Ephesus
The small theatre in Ephesus
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Along the main road in Ephesus
The great theatre in Ephesus
The great theatre in Ephesus
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A sign on one of the shops as we …
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Beautiful mosaic street in Ephesus
Beautiful mosaic street in Ephesus
Celsus Library in Ephesus
Celsus Library in Ephesus
Ephesus bath house
Ephesus bath house
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Celsus Library in Ephesus
Celsus Library in Ephesus
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Ephesus
Great Theatre in Ephesus
Great Theatre in Ephesus
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Great Theatre in Ephesus - the tw…
Great Theatre in Ephesus
Great Theatre in Ephesus
Great Theatre in Ephesus
Great Theatre in Ephesus
Old road to the harbor in Ephesus
Old road to the harbor in Ephesus
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