For many travelers to Turkey, regardless of the length of the schedule, there is one attraction that is almost a must, and that is the ancient city of Ephesus on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
After we arrived in western Turkey Izmir, we contacted the local travel agency to help us arrange Ephesus 1 Day trip. The next day the travel agency sent a 40-year-old tour guide and a driver.
After getting to know each other, the tour guide asked a friend whether the explanation should be in Turkish or English. The friend said, let’s explain directly in English.
However, I don’t know if it is because of his heavy accent or because of my hearing problems. In short, I have to combine my own pre-reading content with his explanation to make it clear.
Why is Ephesus so famous that everyone wants to visit here?
Ancient Rome was the first capital of Asia Minor
There are two famous ancient cities along the Mediterranean coast in western Turkey, one is Izmir and the other is Ephesus.
Ephesus, more than 40 kilometers away from Izmir, was originally a city-state established by the Greeks . During the Byzantine period, under Roman rule, the city gradually prospered and once became the capital of Asia Minor.
Because of the construction of Artemis and The Temple of Apollo, it became a place of pilgrimage for pagans at that time. Also because of its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, it has become the most prosperous port city in Europe.
Where there is trade, there will be a large number of people moving, and cities will have supporting facilities.
The same is true of Ephesus. It is said that this capital city has more than 250,000 residents. It was a large city at that time. The architectural ruins include many palaces, temples, theaters, etc. Together with a large number of merchants, seafarers, and pilgrims docked ashore, this city flourished for a while.
It is said that seafarers must wash their feet before entering the city before going ashore.
When we When you walk into the ancient city of Ephesus, you are immediately attracted by its tall and exquisite buildings. The stone carvings on the building are meticulously carved, and you can see luxury in the run-down. One can imagine its former prosperity and prosperity.
There are so many sights that can be visited in the Ephesus ruins. Every tourist may have his own goal. For me, the sights I can remember are what our Turkish guide said Need to be more detailed.
The author personally thinks that the most beautiful building in Ephesus The ruins are the Celsus Library.
Follow the guide and walk down the spacious gravel avenue. On both sides are large Roman columns, neatly arranged, and some have been broken.
Road There is a slope in front, and you can’t see what’s in front of you, but when you cross the slope, you suddenly see your eyes. A beautiful building is right in front of you. It’s so spectacular. This is the legendary exquisite library.
Among the vast remains of Ephesus (Ephesus), the Selsus Library is one of the most beautiful buildings. It was built in 117 AD and was the son of the governor of the Asian province. A two-story marble building built on the cemetery of his father was known as the second largest library in Asia Minor.
Front door 16 large stone pillars are tall and majestic, and there are four goddess statues on the front of the first floor. From the Roman fonts carved on them, it is guessed that they are the goddess of wisdom Sophia statue.
Ancient Roman public toilets
The ruins of ancient Roman public toilets in the ancient city of Ephesus are an incredible place in the eyes of modern people.
Now it looks dilapidated. At that time, the decoration should be very good. It is said that it was mixed for men and women, without screen curtains and baffles. Ancient Roman robes can block important parts of the human body. It is said that public toilets were an important social place for the ancient Romans.
When I told the tour guide that such a way of socializing is really peculiar. Wouldn’t it cause psychological disorders or cause constipation? My words caused a roar of laughter from Turkish friends.
Snake Hair BansheeMedusa
From ancient Greece to modern times, Medusa is the enduring and vigorous Greece Mythical characters.
She is found in many sites in Turkey with snake-haired images and sculptures. There are many artistic versions of Medusa, and her tragedies are triggered by beauty. The Eye of Medusa, a fatal temptation !
The nightingale-like singing reverberates in the theater
When I was visiting the theater, I saw a little Russian girl. Her mother told her to stand in the center of the theater, and there was a beautiful sound Children’s voices sang, and the beautiful and gentle singing voice echoed around the theater.
The ancient Roman theater is generally a trapezoidal surrounding building. It is said that this has good visual and auditory effects. I think they want to feel the echo effect of the Roman theater in the past.
Time passes, the existing glory is far away, the ancient city is in ruins, standing here today, moved by the girl’s singing, through the millennium years, only that singing allows time to stay.