Sunday in Ephesus, not what I'd expected

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early morning in Ephesus before the crowds arrived

We visited Kusadasi, Turkey and the nearby Ephesus today.  Ephesus has always been a “bucket list” place for me – someplace I needed to visit someday – and it was not quite what I’d expected.

Ephesus, is incredibly old and well documented.  It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League back in Classical Greek days and had a population of 250,000 in the First Century B.C. making it the second largest city in the world at that time.  It also held one of the Seven Wonders of the World – a giant Temple of Artemis.  It was important to early Christianity as well with Mary, John and Paul being here.  Mary is supposed to have died in Ephesus and be buried here.  John may have written the Gospel of John here and Paul lived here between 52 and 54 A.

they looked almost Art Moderne
D. writing I Corinthians and possibly other books while he was resident.

For some reason, I had expected an air of quiet sanctity as I wandered quietly through ancient stones.  Instead, it was me, my husband and Cathy with 600 of our shipmates and a cast of thousands from other ships, including the Holland America sister ship the Roterdam along side and dwarfing the tiny Prinsendam., all of us jostling for a better view of the remains of Ephesus.  (Only 15 percent of the original has been uncovered and it still was a huge site.)  It was much more like visiting the Roman Forum with lots of people and lots of ancient stones basking in the sun.  The site was beautiful but I didn’t have a feeling of connection to the remaining pillars and reconstruction of the face of Library of Celsus.  Then I entered the Terrace Houses.  This is an ongoing Archeological Site where there are mosaics and frescos in situ and protected while the work continues.  I could walk through the houses, missing only the furniture and the roofs, to get a real feeling of what Ephesus life was like.  Visiting the Terrace Houses made the city come alive for me.  If you visit Ephesus you should not miss them.

dahling says:
You put it so well - also I missed this connection - but your pictures capture everything very well.
Posted on: Sep 01, 2011
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early morning in Ephesus before th…
early morning in Ephesus before t…
they looked almost Art Moderne
they looked almost Art Moderne
This map gives you some idea of th…
This map gives you some idea of t…
amphitheater
amphitheater
mile after mile of ruined columns
mile after mile of ruined columns
clay pipes and poppies
clay pipes and poppies
amazing you can see anything - the…
amazing you can see anything - th…
Our guide
Our guide
each column was carved with differ…
each column was carved with diffe…
the Library and the crowds of peop…
the Library and the crowds of peo…
inside the dig for the terrace hou…
inside the dig for the terrace ho…
ancient frescoes were still bright
ancient frescoes were still bright
more brilliant frescoes
more brilliant frescoes
the floor of the dig
the floor of the dig
you could even see where the walls…
you could even see where the wall…
and the mosaic floors
and the mosaic floors
a look into a 2,000 year old room
a look into a 2,000 year old room
the layout of the ancient terrace …
the layout of the ancient terrace…
and there is always a cat supervis…
and there is always a cat supervi…
detail of the Library
detail of the Library
amphitheater
amphitheater
Ephesus
photo by: EmyG