|The Ancient Greek City of Ephesus, Temple of Hadrianus|
WEEK 3: 52 Places to Go
Until I visited Turkey, I never realized the breadth of the ancient Greek and Roman empires. A little over a year ago, after spending a week in Istanbul for a writer’s workshop, I signed up for an add-on tour of Ephesus and other sights in Selkuk, plus a trip to the ancient city of Hierapolis and thermal baths of Pamukkele. We flew from Istanbul to Izmir (the ancient Greek city of Smyrna) and boarded a bus from there to Selkuk, about an hour’s scenic ride along a river valley to the south. There we spent two and a half days, jam packed with sightseeing.
|View of Selkuk from the path to the Cave of the Seven Sleepers on Mount Pion|
|Statue on grounds of the House of the Virgin Mary|
|Ephesus Museum in Selkuk. Sculpture from one of the fountains at Ephesus. In ancient times three rivers provided water at the rate of 100 liters per second. Water was used for public baths and lavatories, fountains, and for daily use.|
|Ephesus, upper amphitheater, the Odeion, with the Stoa Basileios (the Royal Walk) to the left.|
|Mosaic floor, Ephesus|
8/18/2014 Ephesus Turkey, Guest Post by Kathryn Mohrman
4/8/2013 Room With a View
8/27/2012 Ephesus: Temple of Artemis
8/20/2012 Letter from Istanbul
8/6/2012 Istanbul: A Food Lover's Delight
5/28/2012 Istanbul: Museum of Innocence
All text and photos copyright Caroline Arnold.