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Oxford, United Kingdom
November 13, 2011
From journal Cruising The Eastern Med-Again!
Gravesend, United Kingdom
August 21, 2011
From journal Turkey delights 4
Santa Barbara, California
December 27, 2010
West Chester, Pennsylvania
June 30, 2008
From journal Cruising the Mediterranean
June 13, 2007
From journal Magnificent Turkey
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
July 25, 2006
Ephesus used to be a wealthy town because of its port, which was the most, frequent and protected port until the middle of the 3rd century AD. The people of Ephesus believed that the Amazonian Queen, Ephesia, who was the leader of the Amazons (a tribe of warrior women), founded the town. Another myth says that the son of the King of Athens founded the town. Whoever it was who founded this beautiful town does not really matter because what you will see is one of the most extensive and best preserved ancient cities of the world. Much of the city has been reconstructed but also much of it still buried under mounds of dirt and rubble.
Because the city is comprised of much marble and stone, it can become very rocky and slippery. Although I was able to discover it with flip-flops, I wish that I had more appropriate foot attire. The ancient people tried to score the stone and marble to attempt to give the roads/walkways tractions. With the foot traffic then and up to now, much of it has warn away...this is another reason to have good shoes.
Coming out of Ephesus, you'll have a strip of shops trying to lure you in to buy their merchandise. Here is where you're haggling skills must be used (I learned the hard way). Also you'll see many shops trying to sell you "genuine fake watches" and other merchandise...I guess you have to use your imagination for that one.
From journal A Half Day in Kusadasi, Turkey
Sheffield, United Kingdom
August 5, 2005
There are two amphitheatres, ancient fountains, latrines, dozens of columns, and a temple to Zeus - and the highlight is undoubtedly the Library of Celcius. Expect to spend at least 2 hours going round the site. Bring plenty of water and a hat! It is full of fantastic photo opportunities - get yourself a guide book to read up on the extensive history if not taking an organised tour. This was well worth the visit.
From journal Kusadasi - Turkey's British Resort
October 27, 2000
The site at Ephesus is incredibly extnsive. As with so many sites, it is a bit slippery walking on stones and marble so completely worn smooth by time and traffic. Although Ephesus is a ruin, enough of the streets and facades remain or have been reconstructed that it feels like a city. The public toilets are very clearly just that, and the library facade is spectacular--and stands at the end of the main street, so it is well-framed. The amphitheater is still sometimes used--the day we were there, there used to be an evening performance with flutist Jean Pierre Rampal.
It is believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, moved to Ephesus after his crucifixion, and lived her final years here. Cleopatra also came to Ephesus with Marc Antony, on their honeymoon.
We had a guided tour of Ephesus, which was helpful, but I think that the guides here take a bit of poetic license. I could hear the guides from other groups at times, and I heard three different stories of the origin of the caduceus (the symbol of the medical profession) and the 'ancient advertisement' in the tiles of the street. Great stories, all of them, but I wonder if any are true...
From journal Cruising the Turkish Coast
October 20, 2000
From journal Along Turkey's coast
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
September 25, 2000
I was most impressed with the pink marble facade of the Library of Celsus, probably the most photographed building in Ephesus. When built, it was surrounded by a second set of walls that were designed to keep the scrolls protected from humidity and temperature fluctuations. The enterprising men of Ephesus also built a tunnel from the library to the brothel across the street so they could keep their activities secret from their wives.
The Temple of Hadrian is impressive because of the detailed carved arch at the entrance. Inside, carved friezes depict the city’s creation.
The giant Theater is built into the side of a mountain and used to seat 24,000 people for meetings and plays and to watch the gladiators compete. The acoustics are so good that the theater is still used today for concerts.
Ephesus is a not to be missed experience but to really enjoy it you need comfortable shoes and lots of water because it’s a big site with little shade. I’d also recommend hiring a guide at the site
or at least bringing a good guide book to ensure you get the maximum benefit from a visit here. The site is open 7 days a week.
From journal Selcuk - More than Just the Road to Ephesus