You say Ephesus, I say Efes

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
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Trip End Jun 06, 2010


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today begins our final day of touring with this group. We are off to Ephesus, to join the hoards of visitors to this site. This city was once the home to over 200,000 souls. It began as a Greek city, built by one of Alexander the Great's generals.

Ephesus was one of the world's foremost cities in its day, located on major trade routes with access to the sea. What ultimately ended the reign of the city was access to the sea silted up and the marsh lands produced malaria.  That along with earthquakes convinced the citizens it was time to search for terra firma.

As you wander through the ruins of this once magnificent city, you can image what a glorious place it must have been, particularly if you were among the wealthy (I guess that part remains the same!). There was a large library, public baths, large amphitheatre and fountains.

The amphitheatre has been restored along with the two-story library facade. The library once housed some 12,000 scrolls. There are even restored public toilets – one lira, please.

Once part of Ephesus but now on the outskirts of Selcuk are the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. Today only one column remains of this structure.  It serves good purpose by being the home to a nesting stork and two baby storks.

The rest of the day was turned over as free time to wander the town, visit the museum or just rest. This will likely be our last opportunity to have dinner as a group tonight as our driver leaves us tomorrow and we fly back to Istanbul.
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Comments

Ivor Francis Desouza on

seems you are still enjoying your trip Really good to read all that you do.

I suppose you still need to remember to have loose change to use the toilet
Not a pleasant experience for me in Egypt

Ivor

Jill on

Nice... excellent photos.

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