Ephesus

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We visited Ephesus on the 4th day of our tour. According to the Wiki article, this site was founded in the 10th century BC and abandoned in the 15th century AD. Most of what is visible today are the Roman ruins.

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Here is our travel group in front of the Celsus Library.

This picture was on Peter's camera, but I think the picture was taken by a friend of Ersin's.

Our guide, Ersin is reviewing the map with us.

Taking time out for insects.

The theater at Ephesus (and the crowd).

Another view of the Theater.

Ersin demonstrating the stockade.

Time out for flowers too,

This is a street sign pointing out the way to a brothel, located near the library. Rumor has it that there was a tunnel built from the library to the brothel. In our Teaching Company class, this idea was dismissed due to lack of evidence and the idea that brothels were pretty much an accepted activity.

On one of the hill sides on the Ephesus grounds, there is a large covered area where terraced dwellings are on display. It is a great place to see original mosaics and frescoes. The Romans used a lot of bold colors; since what we generally see today are ruins that are bleached marbles and concrete, I tend to forget this.

The translucent roof makes it difficult to capture the vivid colors, but at least the roof protects these gems.

More colors, ain't it great?

Neat to see graffiti from a couple thousand years ago.

Here are shards of frescoes being pieced together.

This is what it looks like - a public toilet. I guess there was running water under the seats pictured here.

Our group meeting at the Temple of Hadrian.

This is called the "Heracles Gate". See next slide to find out more.

Another view of the Library of Celsus. Considering that we were touring this site in April, I would anticipate that June would be more crowded (and warmer).

This arch is part of the Pollio Monument. See next slide for more info.

Part of the Temple of Domitian. See next slide for more information.

Part of the Processional Way. See next slide.

We saw lots of figs. I am amazed at how far along the crop is for this being only April.

The world's first Legos.

Here is a panorama taken near the entrance. Most of our group is near the map.

Leaving Ephesus through the sarcophagi just outside of the city.

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