Monday, August 17, 2015

Ephesus, Turkey

During my two weeks in Turkey, I visited the ancient ruins of the city of Ephesus.  What an amazing place!  Ephesus played an important part in biblical history as both St. Paul spent time there and St. John is said to be buried there.

My brother and I arrived there first thing in the morning, as we were staying in the nearby town of Seljuk, and were able to work our way through some of the ruins before the bus loads of tourists came.  We were very happy we did as we got to spend time looking around the Grand Theater virtually alone.

Sections of the old Roman aqueduct run through the city of Seljuk:

storks live on top of the aqueduct


 The Grand Theater seated approx 25,000 people and is believed to be the largest of it's kind in the ancient world.  Not just a theater for performances, it was also an arena for gladiators.



 The Celsus Library.  This is the most well known monument in Ephesus





The Fountain Building




one of the shops at the entrance to Ephesus;)

 Back in Seljuk more of the aqueduct.  Some of the aqueducts pillars were used as a wall in some modern houses!

2 comments:

  1. Boy, you can tell it's summer with all those people! What a fascinating place to visit!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is fascinating Lisa, and I would love to do it again because we did not see it all. But I would do it in the spring or fall;) It was hot!!

      Delete