Ephesus Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
One of the things I wanted to really see in Turkey was Ephesus. Although it was over 100 degrees and packed with other cruise ship people, I knew it would be worth it.
Ephesus is an ancient Greek city, one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classic Greece period. The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was built in Ephesus. It was also one of the seven churches of Asia, cited in the Book of Revelation.
Heading to Ephesus after visiting Virgin Mary's shrine, you could see interesting crop patterns down the hill which the guide told us were a result of ruins that are making their way to the surface. There has been struggle with the farmers, who have not really wanted to part with their land for excavation purposes, so they are working out deals to compensate the farmers, while they still retain ownership. It is very obvious that there is a lot of excavation left to be done and Ephesus is much bigger than it initially looks. I believe the guide said there is less than 20% of the ruins which have been excavated.