Ephesus, the Best Preserved Antic city of Anatolia, Turkey

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Ephesus is the best preserved classical city of Eastern Mediterranean, ans among the best places in the world enabling to genuinely soak in the atmosphere of Roman times

Ephesus (Efes) is situated on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. It is nowadays almost entirely ruined: only one inconspicuous column and fragments of the frieze remains.

It’s better to begin the visit by the top of the site (south entrance) and to walk along the main street.
During the summer, the visit is exhausting, because there’s no shade and it’s very hot (don’t forget to take water and a cap).
The site is very famous and overcrowded, too, but it is worth the visit.

The most impressive monument is the one called the Library of Celsus, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all the original pieces.
It was built by Gaius Julius Aquila in Memory of his father and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.

written by azurblue on 2009-10-07 in #world #locations

12 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    So beautiful... Once human new how to build stuff...

  2. coca
    coca ·

    love this kind of places, beautiful location!

  3. disdis
    disdis ·

    great location! I love this kind of places! They show us how small we are but how we can great great buildings!

  4. day3hugger
    day3hugger ·

    one of my places to visit!! i love turkey!!!!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Mmm "knew" not "new". I'm a bit tired...

  6. nural
    nural ·

    I live in Turkey and I never had the chance to visit :((

  7. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thank you for your kind comments !

    Ephese is surely nicer in spring, without all the tourists. It's the most visited antic site of Turkey.
    I have a regret : I haven't seen the houses and their paintings.

  8. klickovic
    klickovic ·

    what a beautiful place, great gallery..

  9. cyan-shine
    cyan-shine ·

    Great photographs of one of the most beautiful Ancient Greek sites in Asia Minor (what is nowadays part of present-day Turkey) !! I wish I could visit soon :D

  10. dcause
    dcause ·

    Thanks for sharing this location! I'm always blown away by the skill of ancient builders.

  11. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Thanks, thanks again !

  12. japsix
    japsix ·

    beautiful lcation!! I've been to this wondeful city last december and it amazed me!
    it's so so beautiful!!! i was lucky with choosing the season, cause the weather was good and there were not so many tourists as in the summer time)
    and one more thing that that imressed me that day: is the number of cats in Efes! they all were hugry and were naturally fighting with each other for the cookies i had ))

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