54 Days at Sea — Arriving Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Today and over the next two weeks I’ll be taking you on a journey back into time, for the history of Ephesus is a history that predates the Greek Empire, extends through the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, and continued on through the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire well into the Ottoman Empire. Indeed, the area in and around Ephesus was first inhabited by Greek Attica and Ionian colonists in the 10th century B.C., and wasn’t abandoned until the 15th century A.D.

Ephesus, Turkey

Most of the ruins in Ephesus date back to the Roman Empire, but some carry through from an earlier epoch. Here is the Prytaneion of Ephesus, which was the seat of government during Grecian rule:

Prytaneion of Ephesus

Ephesus also had an impressive amphitheater with seating for 24,000 and standing room for another 1,000. The amphitheater was built in Hellenic era, and rebuilt several time under Roman rule.

Ephesus Amphitheater

Here is the archway into the Temple of Emperor Hadrian, built by the Romans before A.D. 138:

Temple of Hadrian

This next image is of the Fountain of Emperor Trajan, and dates back to A.D. 102:

Fountain of Trajan

I’ll leave you with these miscellaneous of Ephesus images until Fun Photo Friday and into next week:

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