Ephesus

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We had a wonderful day in Kudasi, spent the morning at Ephesus and The temple of Artemis and the afternoon at the beach.

Ephesus was amazing, we caught a local dolma out to the site then spent 5 hours wandering around it (it's only 3 km in length but very cool).

It was originally built on the shore of a bay which over time silted up. As a result the town was no longer on the sea shore and lost its value as a port.

The earliest Ephesus is known of is the 7th century BC; in 454 BC it came under the protection of Rome; in 403 BC it was used by the Sparten King and later Alexander the Great.

The Celsus Library is the most famous part of Ephesus the facade is two stories high and almost complete. It was built by the son and grandson of a former consul of Asia over his tomb (which was for some reason right by the market place) and had a space in front of it for philosophers to speak.

Hana paid extra to visit the terrace houses. These are first Centuary houses of rich Ephesusians. They are amazingly well preserved with original paintings on the wall and mosaic tile floors.

There are two terrace houses which are open to the public, both were multi-storied houses with central exposed courtyard surrounded by columns.

The houses were definitely worth the extra Lira to visit!

In 262 AD the goths destroyed the city and the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world).

All that is left of the Temple of Artemis is one pillar which has been reconstructed.
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susannah Grant on

Awesome guys :-) xxx

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