EPHESUS | Turkey

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Another day, another spur of the moment idea…

Ephesus was apparently in Turkey, and only a one-hour plane ride away from Istanbul. We made tour reservations the day before and were picked up at an ungodly 5 a.m. for our flight at 7 to Izmir province, the closest airport to Ephesus. Once we arrived at Izmir Airport, it was still an hour’s drive away to one of the ancient world’s greatest cities. 

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Ephesus has historically been occupied since the Neolithic Age — that’s, unimaginably, 6000 BC – and had Amazon women from Mesopotamia as the original inhabitants. As it happened we were part of a tour group led by a quirky woman whose appearance and way of talking reminded me of Dora in the Kimmy Dora movies.

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The highlight of the entire archeological site is the reconstructed Library of Celsus, a Roman building named for a Roman senator back in 135 AD. Staggering.

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And right before leaving the site, there was still to be seen this huge theatre that could hold 25,000 spectators.

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The city back then had a population of 250,000 making it one of the largest populated cities for its time.
A truly amazing place with amazing history. Feeling incredibly lucky to have seen it.

Next, hailing Mary…

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