Ephesus

Ephesus was really ancient. Excavations found stuff dated back to the Neolithic Age (6000 B.C.).

It was located on the Aegean coast of present-day Turkey. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed in a raid by the Goths. The site is now flooded with water, and only 1 lonely column left of the temple’s pillars. We found a stork bird nest on top of that pillar (that’s the most interesting thing, at least for me…).

 

Stork bird nest on top of the 1 and only standing pillar of the Temple of Artemis

Stork bird nest on top of the 1 and only standing pillar of the Temple of Artemis

 

I was more awed by the main site of Ephesus where the Library of Celsius, Odeon and the open-air theatre are located. This site had access to the harbour but was slowly silted up by the river which explains why I saw no view of the sea at the end of harbour street. I did a quick check later on Google Maps, and found that the coast is now at least 5 KM away from this ancient site.

 

The open-air theatre with the harbour street on the right corner. How does one watch anything from here?!

The open-air theatre with the harbour street on the right corner. How does one watch anything from here?!

Open-air theatre, craved out from a mountain!

Open-air theatre, craved out from a mountain!

Scores of tourists making their way down to the Library of Celsius

Scores of tourists making their way down to the Library of Celsius

Found a LEGO piece... :-D

Found a LEGO piece… 😀

Shopkeepers selling wares to tourists near the House of the Virgin Mary.

Shopkeepers selling wares to tourists near the House of the Virgin Mary.

Apparently its not so uncommon to find Stork bird nests on tall poles!

Apparently its not so uncommon to find Stork bird nests on tall poles here!

Coast of Kusadasi

Coast of Kusadasi