Monday 10 June 2019

A Visit To The Ancient City Of Ephesus

History comes to life as I roamed about in the ancient city of Ephesus. The city is now a ruin but a very extensive and impressive one and one of the best that I've ever visited. To better appreciate this gem of a ruin, here's a little history about Ephesus.
It was a very significant city in the ancient world. During the 2nd century BC, Ephesus was the fourth largest city in the eastern Roman Empire, famous for its port, library and medical school. It served as the capital city of Asia Minor at least twice and was visited by great men like Alexander The Great, Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. It was also one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation and stayed in by great men from the Bible like St Paul and St John before.
Ephesus was a thriving sea port but a build up of silt from the Cayster River eventually caused the harbour to retreat and reached a point where no ship could reach the city. It was finally abandoned during the 15th century.

Photo Gallery
Walking on Curetes Street, a very long street that leads to the beautiful library.
There used to be fountains, monuments, statues and shops on the sides of the Curetes Street.The street is also lined with columns most of which have been partially destroyed.

The two-storey Celcus Library, a very beautiful library which was also one of the ancient world’s largest libraries, filled with 12,000 scrolls.
The theatre - built during the 2nd century AD with a seating capacity of 25000

Stone carving of the goddess Nike is almost perfectly preserved.

These were the public toilets of the city, built in 1 century AD. There was an entrance fee to use them and even this is recorded in history? 😜
Temple of Hadrian is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was built before 138 A.D and was dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian, who came to visit the city from Athens in 128 A.D
A long row of columns 

Ancient writing at Ephesus
Statue of Arete, in the wall of the Celsus Library

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