Some of the best preserved Roman ruins (which aren’t even in Italy); as seen through the plastic lens of a Diana F+. Let me take you on a trip through time in Ephesus. I was lucky enough to get on a cruise tour where my Diana F+ and I soaked in the culture and the sights and sounds of this historical site.
This Fall I embarked on a cruise of the Mediterranean Sea for 13 days with my camera by my side. I had previously traveled from my native USA to Europe and greatly regretted not having my Diana F+ along for the ride, so this time I came armed with my camera and 10 rolls of Fuji Provia 400×. I would not feel the same pangs of regret on this trip, even as I fumbled through my bag to take both analogue and digital photos for the sake of having instant gratification to share with others while also taking some analogue treasures home as a keepsake.
One of the destinations on our trip was the port of Kuşadası, which is only a short drive down the road from the Roman ruins of Ephesus, where Greeks had settled in and created a port city that was later usurped by the Romans during their conquest of Europe and outlying areas in Asia Minor and Africa. The city was abandoned when silt from the surrounding hills clogged waterways, creating pools of stagnant water that lead to large scale malaria outbreaks due to mosquitoes. After centuries of erosion slowly overtook the city, the site was long forgotten until the it was discovered in 1863 and excavation began. The erosion coating the city preserved a great deal of the original marble structures in Ephesus than most other Roman ruins. Walking through this city is about the closest approximation to walking through ancient Rome you can hope to experience until the Flux Capacitor is developed.
It was a lot of fun walking through these ruins with my Diana taking snaps of the gleaming marble roads and columns that were crafted centuries ago. The crown jewel of the ruins here is the library of Calsus. This was the 3rd largest library of the ancient world and began growing fast enough to make the Egyptians in Alexandria jealous enough to halt the shipment of papyrus to outside countries. Necessity being the mother of invention, the people of Turkey quickly learned to make parchment from dried animal hide.
The structure that stands today is 80 percent of the original facade that stood during Roman times. Any sections added during reconstruction are done in darker colored material to distinguish them from the original white marble found during excavation and it is truly a sight to behold.
Turkey is a beautiful country and everyone should try to visit this site if at all possible.