#AtoZChallenge: “E” is for EPHESUS

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Ephesus Turkey

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Day 5: April 5

Of all the archaeological sites we visited during our tour of Greece, Ephesus, on the west coast of Turkey, left one of the biggest impressions. This was part of the islands cruise itinerary. Not only was it magnificent to behold, but our tour guide was extraordinary.

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Ephesus Layout [photo credit]

Ephesus was built in the 10th century BC by Greek colonists, but flourished under Roman rule, which began in 129 BC. It was an established port and the trade centre of the ancient world. One of the most famous buildings is the Library of Celcus, completed in ~117 BC by Tiberius Julius Aquila, as a tribute to his late father, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, governor of the province.

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I plan on doing a more in depth article about Ephesus, as part of the “Greek Odyssey” series.
Stay tuned!

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Do you like ancient history?
Have you ever been to an archaeological site?

Looking forward to your comments!

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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69 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: “E” is for EPHESUS

  1. Wow, Debbie–amazing photos! I remembered little of Ephesus, but your pictures helped to spark my memory. Thanks for that stroll down recollection avenue, and thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday 🙂

    1. Hi Guilie; You’ve certainly been to many interesting places as well! Nice to connect with a fellow traveller and dog person. Love both your blogs! 🙂 Thanks for the return visit.

  2. I’ve done a few of these in the past, and they are fun too 🙂 I will have to call back through the week and catch up on your A – Z and of course everything else that you have been posting. Have a really great rest of weekend Debbie and be good, yes like me 😉 lol

    Andro xxxx

    1. Hi Andro! 😀 So nice to see you again! I have been remiss in visiting you, but am so caught up in this and a few other things. Thanks for coming by – I’ll be talking about travel and culture for the whole A-Z Challenge. Yes, fun but also exhausting. LOL Have a great week my old friend. Always good! (Just like you 😉 )

    1. Humbling and awe-inspiring! 🙂 Best trip of my life and I wish I had the means for more like this, but these memories will last a life time. Thanks for visiting Steve and have a good week.

  3. What always attracts people and me too to Greece is the architecture of its monuments we have heard so much about no. And your pictures re-enforce that point.

    1. Yes, these ancient ruins are the main attraction for me and most others. Ancient history is one of my biggest passions and Greece + western Turkey have some of the greatest edifices. Thanks for visiting and have a great week. 🙂

  4. Wonderful, Debbie! Your pic are fabulous. I didn’t know that you guys made it to Turkey! Turkey is on my bucket list. The ruins of ancient civilizations there really captivates me. What a trip you guys had! Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

    1. Hi Teresa; Kusadasi/Ephesus was the only stop in Turkey, unfortunately. Wish we had had more time to also visit Troy and Constantinople (Istanbul).
      It truly was the trip of a lifetime and I’ll never forget it. Thanks for visiting.

    1. Carol, there’s no feeling like it! I’m instantly transported back in time and envision everything in my mind. Ancient history is one of my biggest passions. Hope you can experience it for yourself one of these days. Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

  5. Another interesting post, Debbie. I love ancient history. Thanks so much for sharing about it. I listened to your voice recording in the side bar. Fun to hear your voice! You are such a pro blogger with all kinds of cool and fancy stuff on your blog that I know nothing about how to do.


    1. Hi Cathy; Glad you enjoyed the post. Ancient history is one of my biggest passions. How nice that you listened to the voice message too. Thanks! 🙂
      I’ve learned everything just by trial and error and didn’t even have a PC until my father bought me one for Christmas in 2008. Now I can’t leave it alone! LOL Happy to share any knowledge with you; just ask. 🙂 Have a good week.

    1. It was incredible, Laurel! 😀 Can’t you just picture those people, side by side chit chatting on the toilets? LOL Thanks for visiting.

  6. Great pictures, Debbie. I think I might have been to Ephesus when I was very young. Don’t remember though. Ephesians is one of Saint Paul’s best letters. Those guys were tough.

    1. Too bad you don’t remember, Robert! It is a fascinating site. They had to be tough – fighting the Turks all the time. 🙂 Thanks for visiting.

  7. Very informative post and thanks for brushing my history. It’s an education learning bout the history of architecture in Greece. I am amazed by this post on early civilization, Debbie:)

  8. This is so fascinating. I love going to old forts, palaces and pay heed to every from guides present there to understand how people used to live, how far we have come from a certain civilization, what were the similarities! You are doing so exciting work!

  9. WOW, amazing! Toilets and all. When a person watches TV they always leave the toilets out of history and you just know those folks had to go somewhere. Mystery solved! ♥

    1. Can’t you just picture these people sitting there, chit chatting as they go about their business? LOL Privacy obviously wasn’t an issue back then! 😀 Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

  10. What a fabulous experience. It’s hard to grasp the time period, isn’t it? Soooo long ago and yet they were skilled enough and technical enough to build these amazing structures! Thanks for letting me travel vicariously through you!

    1. So amazing to me as well, Michele. 🙂 It’s my pleasure to share this, because I get to relive the experience. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.

  11. I always found history as a dry subject inside the classroom, but if it is told like this I think I’m gonna change my opinion….Interesting and informative post

  12. I was thinking, as I looked at your photos, that Ephesus reminds me a lot of Pompei, including many of the things found in the ruins, that gave interesting insight into the daily life of the inhabitants. Thank you.

    1. Yes, you could say it was somewhat similar, Mary. The house interiors, which I barely touched on here, were magnificent too. Thanks for visiting.

  13. So beautiful… Greece has always captivated me with its history. Definitely a place I want to go someday…

  14. What a magnificent place. I liked that their toilets and the view from the terrace and theater are spectacular! Thanks for giving us a virtual tour to Ephesus!

  15. That picture slide show is absolutely stunning! A couple of years ago I had the chance to visit the a large (one of top five) excavation site of Indus-Saraswati Valley Civilization, in Kutch area of Gujarat. Dholavira was of course much, much earlier than the Ephesus. But just the experience of walking through those ruins of that ancient civilization was wonderful, and of course highly educational.

    1. Your site sounds fascinating, Beloo! I must look that up. 🙂 Ancient history is my passion and I can just envision what like must have been like in those days. Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend.