As expected, it was crowded in Ephesus, the best preserved Byzantine Period city in Turkey. Can't blame the crowd from coming to this splendidly preserved Greek city to enjoy, imagine, and contemplate the sights of the ancient city. Strolling down the avenue (Curetes Street) towards the Library of Celsus, one can almost rub elbow to elbow with other tourists. The statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory is a prime photo object (be sure to look at the Nike trademard derived from the statue), so are the various columns, statues, gates, temples, and the famous latrines (where slaves warmed up the seats for their masters). There is even a well preserved brothel entrance.The Library of Celsus at the end of the avenue is elegantly restored, providing a glimpse of how it was in the ancient days of this city. The ancient houses (separate fee) being excavated and restored have beautiful mosaic murals and panels. On the street (right of the Library) leading to the one of the largest stadium in Byzantine world, an acient sign pointing to the brothel is etched in the marble road. One has to see the stadium to imagine the immensity of the Greco-Roman structure. Wear good running or walking shoes, hat, and comfortable clothing. It can be really hot, warm, and humid.
Ephesus is one of the must see sights when one visits Turkey. It can be reached from Izmir, or from one of the various cruise ships berthed for the day at Kusadasi. Other nearby sights to see Ephesus other than the ancient ruins are the house of the Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John. You qon't be disappointed, especially if you have a little knowlege of the Byzantine period of the Greco-Roman empire.
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