26.08.2009 - 26.08.2009 33 °C
Today we went to one of the greates ruined cities in the Western world. Ephesus played an important role in the spread of Christianity as Paul travelled there to spread the gospel. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. We saw 2/5 of what is opened to visitors. The site itself is very large. We saw the ruins of the Turkish bath, gate of Hercules which is the entrance to Curetes Street, the Temple of Hadrian, latrines amongst other ruins. The most interesting was the library of Celsus which was built was built in honor of Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus and the huge stadium where Paul preached at. We spent a good few hours there and it was a very, very hot day. Luckily I had brought a lot of water to keep hydrated.
In the afternoon we went to see the House of Virgin Mary which is set on a hill. Jesus had asked St John to look after his Mother and so John brought Mary to Ephesus in AD 37where she spent the last years of her life (located in Meryemana which is 5 miles from Ephesus). We went inside and lit a candle and also got some Holy Water from the springs. What was interesting was that there was a wall with loads of tissues/cloths mounted on it. I late found out that prayer requests are written on there and placed on the wall. There were a lot of pilgrims there and it was nice to be in that surrounding.
For lunch we went to a nearby village where I sampled yummy peach wine and a turkish pancake which is tuffed with minced meat and potatoes. was very delicious.
Before going back to the hotel we made a brief stop at the ruins of the temple of Artemis. The monument was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but now only the foundations and the fragments of the temple remains.
At 5.30pm we took the shuttle bus into the town of Kusadasi. It came to life after 8pm with people enjoying eating out etc. There were bazaars selling loads of goods. We wondered around for a while before having a delicious dinner. I had a yoghurt kebab - strips of beef on potato with a tomato sauce and yoghurt. We wondered around before heading back. It was nice to see the hustle and bustle and people enjoying themselves.