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Kusadasi and Ephesus, Turkey

Written on: Monday May 28th, 2007

A journal entry from: Blitz the Med

Ah Turkey. I was most excited about coming to Turkey on this trip and I wasn't disapointed. I didn't get to spend a lot of time here and I would most definately like to come back. One, because I didn't get to visit any Mosques (Turkey is one of the few countries in the world that allow non-muslims to enter a Mosque) and two, in my opinon Kusadasi is a very tame version of Turkey. It seemed to be very much geared for rich western tourists, but thats just my take.

I visited the ancient ruins of Ephesus while I was there too. Ephesus is an incredibly old and historically diverse city. It was the capital of Asia Minor during the Roman Empire and is home to many religions over its history. Much of the original city was built for the Roman Empire, housing a large theatre, gladiator stadium, libraries, and famous temples. Marc Anthony and Cleopatra lived here. It was also the base of St. Paul, one of the most influential missionaries of early Christianity and very close is the last house of the Virgin Mary, the house she supposedly died in and is a popular Christian pilgrimage.

Ephesus is probably best known for the Temple of Artimis (Diana), one of the Ancient Wonders of the World, the more iconic Library of Celsus, St. John's Basilica, and Ephesus Theatre. Ephesus is also thought to be the city of the Seven Sleepers, considered Saints in Christianity as well as mentioned in the Holy Qur'an.

The place is just steeped in history and I didn't have enough time to explore it all but it is a very beautiful site and a good introduction to a country I very much want to return to.

 

From Lonny on May 29th, 2007

Looks like your havin a baller time. Lovin the site man, its good to actually get to use it. Keep on havin fun over there!!!

From Loni on May 29th, 2007

Hey Bryan! Thanks for the comment/compliment on my blog! It looks like you're on a great trip too. I love the picture. If you want to feature my blog for the month of June, that would be awesome! Thanks. I love the site, and all of my friends and family do too! I wouldn't even consider using another travel blog!

From Rajaathi on Oct 25th, 2015

Mea culpa! The first photograph above diiylapsng the brilliant blue water was obviously not off of Delos, since Delos does not have any settlement on it (other than a museum and a house where the archeologists live). The island in that photograph is obviously Mykonos. But I did take that photograph when we were on the boat taking us TO Delos, if that helps to explain my mistake. Thanks for your understanding!