History kicking and screaming

Trip Start Feb 01, 2008
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Trip End May 20, 2008


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Monday, April 7, 2008

The South Aegean can probably claim more ruins per square mile than any other region in the world.  As our Lonely Planet guide says, "History isn't just brought to life here, it's kicking and screaming."

Ephesus may well be the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean.  It is THE place to get a feel for what life was like in Roman times. 

There are so many things to see, you could stay a long while:  The Gymnasium of Vedius and Stadium, Double Church, Harbour Baths, the Great Theatre, Sacred Way, The Library of Celsus, Curetes Way, and the Gate of Hercules.  There is also Mary's House...believers say that the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with St. John towards the end of her life.  I guess in 1967 Pope Paul authenticated some site that is said to be her house and it quickly became a place of pilgrimage.  There is obviously an extraordinary history of the site over 2000 years...over a million people visit each year. 

To Muslims, Mary is Meryemana, Mother Mary, who bore Isa Peygamber, the Prophet Jesus.  Below the chapel is a wall covered in bits of cloth:  The Turks tie small bits of cloth to a frame and make a wish.

We are staying in Selcuk as we explore not only Ephesus but the ruined Ionian cities of Priene, Miletus and Didyma.  Selcuk is well known for its camel wrestling festival and we are sad not to be here for that!

Our day at Efes was great... but wet and wild...the wind came and then the rain came and we got soaked...but although our pics may be dim at least they are without hordes of people since we were the only ones there!  We will hope to get more photos up soon...
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