The Ancient City of Ephesus

After Cappadocia and Pamukkale, I visited Ephesus before going to Istanbul. Ephesus, the ancient Greek city was an amazing place to visit if you are in Turkey. I was told excavation and preservation going on in the area because only a partial of the city is unearthed so far and had been buried under the ground for centuries.

We started off with the ruins of the great temple of Artemis where we need to push our imagination out of boundaries to visualize how grand the temple was in its glorious days. Even then, we failed to grasp due to the elusive nature of the great temple. Ok, enough sarcasm. It is sad to see to the heritage that the ancient civilizations disappeared due to a variety of reasons not limited to environmental elements but also human interventions but one can’t help but wonder, why this place is mentioned as an attraction when it almost doesn’t exist.

Then, we went to Ephesus. It was really crowded; despite all the rain and strong wind blowing on a queer winter morning. Usually, the visitors either make a day trip or a night stay over for Ephesus, so finding shelter is quite out of the question because there is no next day to see the place. So, there we were; all braving against the unfavorable weather. Despite my earlier sour mood, Ephesus was a happy sight for me as it is one rare place where you can walk around the old city ruins and could imagine how the city might looks like in its glorious day.

The stone-paved boulevard to the ancient harbor was really impressive, with the roman columns by the sides. On the side of the boulevard, there lies the quarters of the rich residents where even the flooring were richly decorated with beautiful mosaic.

One sad and hilarious discovery is the roman toilets, made with marble. The roman masters would ask their slaves to sit on the toilet to warm up the seat before they do their business. Imagine when the weather is really cold on a winter morning and you need to sit on marble, I guess I changed my opinion about working in an office.

The library is my favorite part of vising Ephesus. In roman days, this is one of the largest libraries ever constructed and even now, it is amazingly well-preserved and you can see the details in the library’s stone facade. There is an amphitheater in Ephesus, smaller and less well-preserved than the one in Hierapolis near Pamukkale but nonetheless impressive.

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