Ephesus at a Glance


Recently I was lucky enough to go on a guided tour of Ephesus, outside Kusadasi in Turkey.   Our guide was very experienced and had lots of  knowledge of the area.    We were among hundreds of tours being guided around the site, and the different tour guides all did a great job keeping their charges in tow, and not losing anybody during the melee.

Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities of ancient time.  It was founded as a Greek colony over 3000 years ago, then became a thriving regional capital of the Roman Empire, and an important centre of early Christianity.   St. Paul is said to have lived here, St. John to have written his gospel here,  and the Virgin Mary is said to have lived here in her old age.    There is also a very large theatre, where gladiators fought other gladiators and entertained audiences during the Roman Empire.   There is a lot of excavation still going on,with archeologists working hard to unearth all the ancient treasures.

We saw so many interesting ruins, a huge Roman Theater, the Library of Celsus, The Temple of Artemis, and we walked on the Arcadian Way, or Arcadian Street.   This is what went on there 3000 years ago:

This street is situated between the Harbour Baths and the great theatre. Entering from the port, traders and sailors would first arrive in this street. So it was designed gorgeous with marbel slabs and colonnades. It was constructed in the Hellenistic Period, but then was restored during the reign of the Emperor Arcadius (395-408 AD.), from whom it takes its present name.

The street was 530 meters long and 11 meters wide, and on both sides of the street there were shops and galleries, and gates in the form of monumental arches. There were four higher columns with the statues of four apostles on the top.

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Imagine, we walked on streets that have been there since the beginning of time, and have been walked on by so many people that have created history.

If you would like to read more about this ancient site, have a look at this site

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen McGrath
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 01:42:26

    Hi Joan,
    Thanks so much for those great photos of Ephesus. They brought back lots of great memories. It is one of my favourite places. St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians has has so much more meaning for me since our visit there, Jim & i visited there in 2004 after the 2004 Olympics.
    Peace & love,
    Helen

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  2. Tish Farrell
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 08:36:46

    What an impressive site this is. Thanks for these excellent views of it.

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  3. belshade
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 11:25:31

    Love your Ephesus sites- sun, sky, old stone. Des.

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  4. the dune mouse (CybeleMoon)
    Jul 26, 2014 @ 02:38:41

    a fantastic site Joan!! great photos.

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