Written by Re Carroll on 25 Sep, 2000
We took a shared mini van, called a dolmus, for the ride from Selcuk to Ephesus. The trip took about five minutes and cost less than $5.00. Dolmus are very common in Turkey and are a cheap and easy way of…Read More
We took a shared mini van, called a dolmus, for the ride from Selcuk to Ephesus. The trip took about five minutes and cost less than $5.00. Dolmus are very common in Turkey and are a cheap and easy way of getting around. Similar to a taxi, they have a set route or destination but will
take as many people as can fit in the van so the rate is cheaper. Sometimes the dolmus waits until the van is filled (or overfilled in some cases) but since the Selcuk/Ephesus route is popular and quick, our driver left with just three - ourselves and a young German man who was making his first trip to Ephesus.
When we finished our visit to Ephesus, we decided to walk back to
Selcuk along the very modern road, to enjoy the fresh air and the countryside. On the opposite side of the street from Ephesus, there is a wide sidewalk as well as a jogging and bicycle path. Street lamps and trees are interspersed along the sidewalk and it was so very modern compared to
the ancient wonders of Ephesus and old world look of Selcuk. Beside the sidewalk are farmers’ fields and the walk into Selcuk took about an half hour. Not too long into our walk, we were joined by a playful mutt who must have been lonely - he’d stay by our side for awhile and then run ahead to wait for us. We sidetracked to follow him into a large tree lined field where he chased
some young cats up a tree. In the middle of the field were a couple of ruined columns and two young men who told us they were archaeologists working on the Temple of Artemis. Artemis was the many breasted goddess of fertility and her temple was one the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Upon reflection, we’re not so sure these fellows were telling the truth since they
also offered to sell us old coins, something no self respecting archaeologist would do (it’s also illegal to remove artifacts from Turkey). It was still an enjoyable place to take a break although we felt abandoned when the dog decided he’d rather stay and harass the cats than continue on to
Selcuk with us.
On the walk back to our hotel, we discussed how much we would have
missed by just zipping along in a car and how much fun we’d had on the Road to Ephesus.
Written by walkman on 02 Aug, 2000
I will say the story in the way I read it in Mariam Anne house near Selcuk. When Jesus Christ, the son of God, was dying on his cross on the mountain of Golgota he asked John the evangelist to bring his mother Virgin Maria…Read More
I will say the story in the way I read it in Mariam Anne house near Selcuk. When Jesus Christ, the son of God, was dying on his cross on the mountain of Golgota he asked John the evangelist to bring his mother Virgin Maria away from Israel and guard her. So John took Maria to Ephesus. And there in the mountains near Ephesus he built a house for her and there she lived for eleven years till her death. Around her grew a small community of Christians. After her death these people did not convert to any other religion or belief so a small community of Christians lived in the place for many centuries. But the house of Virgin Maria was forgotten for a long time. Till the 20th century. In the 20th century many people were searching for the place where Maria lived in her last years and where she died. Once, one old German woman, who never visited Turkey or any other place outside Germany, was very sick and in one of her dreams saw the house of the Virgin Mary and suddenly she knew where it was. She has never been to Turkey. She only knew how it seemed and that it was situated near Izmir in Turkey. After that a delegation of Christian searchers came to Turkey to search the place she had described. And they found Selcuk near Izmir, where this small community of Christians lived and every year made a pilgrimage to the mountains to pray to the Virgin Mary. And this is how the house of Maria was found near Selcuk.