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Ancient Ephesus

Main Street; Ephesus, Turkey Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Main Street; Ephesus, Turkey
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

Ephesus is actually a Turkish National Park. In the early morning hours, our cruise ship put in at the port of Kudasasi, an Aegean resort on the Turkish coast. Ephesus is a short drive from the port, and a group of 8 of us set off for the park, with our guide and driver.

Not far from the entrance of the park, the main street of ancient Ephesus begins. We landscape photographers often wish for an opportunity to photograph sites devoid of people. That is unlikely to ever happen for the average photographer in Ephesus. The mass of humanity in all of the sites we visited in Turkey was impressive.

Entrance to Public Building Ephesus, Turkey Copyright  2013  Andy Richards

Entrance to Public Building
Ephesus, Turkey
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

But, standing in the main street, the view down the hill, culminating at the 2-story Library, is still pretty awe-inspiring. The street is flanked on either side by a mix of public buildings and residential living quarters. The sophistication of the living quarters of this society is pretty amazing. The ruins are in under a constant restoration, and they continue to uncover some pretty amazing stuff. The rooms had ornate and intricate mozaics on the floors and walls, “plumbing” (clay pipes) and other “modern” touches that, given the number of years ago, are pretty impressive.

Residential Quarters Ephesus, Turkey Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Residential Quarters
Ephesus, Turkey
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

Its hard to know whether this is just part of the “shtick,” but one of the more memorable and humorous anecdotes from our guide was the explanation at the men’s public toilets, shown here. According to the guide, the local businessmen and municipal officials would visit this place during the day and conduct “business” while taking care of their “toileting” needs. Hence the colloquial term “doing your business.”

Men's Public Bathroom Ephesus, Turkey Copyright 2013  Andy Richards

Men’s Public Bathroom
Ephesus, Turkey
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

There is much impressive architecture here, including all three era columns, sculpture, symbols of medicine, health and law, and the center attraction, the library. There is an awful lot of the history of civilization in Turkey. There is much more, in the original center of the civilized world; Istanbul (or Constantinople), next.

Public Library Ephesus, Turkey Copyright  2013  Andy Richards

Public Library
Ephesus, Turkey
Copyright 2013 Andy Richards

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses

  1. Never trust guides. I once heard a guide in The French Quarter say to his group, “This is an example of architecture.” No, really?

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