Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. The Apostle Paul “hung out” between 53 and 62 AD. The Apostle John was also “in the neighborhood” until around 100 AD. The house of the Virgin Mary, about 4 miles from Selcuk, is believed to have been the last home of Mary, mother of Jesus. It is a popular place of pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Our tour of the area was led by Hakan
We began by visiting the house of the Virgin Mary:
|Mass Baptismal near Mary's Home|
|Prayer Wall with Notes|
|Main Street Ephesus circa 2011|
Nike was a goddess who personified victory, also known as the Winged Goddess of Victory. Nike and her siblings were close companions of Zeus.
Can you she her swoosh?
|Gus and Joan Shopping on Main Street|
According to Greek mythology,gazing directly upon Medusa would turn onlookers to stone. Nike, Joan, and Medusa, represented pretty strong women... wouldn't you say?
|Three Styles of Columns|
|Temple of Hadrian, the Roman Emperor|
Venturing down Main Street past ancient shops, public toilets, and a hospital we next viewed the wealthy area of the city. The residences were thousands of square feet large. Families were as large as 7-10 with as many as 30 attendant slaves .
|Mosaic of Triton and His Beloved Mermaid|
Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Amphitrite, goddess of the sea. He is usually represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. Triton and the Mermaid served as the inspiration for Disney's movie, The Little Mermaid.
|Frescos in Mother-in-Law's Guest Room|
|Mosaic in Gladiator's Home|
|Archaeology in Practice|
|View of Site from the Top|
|Library of Celsus|
|Amazing Female Statue|
|Amazing Male Statue|
We ended our day as we left the museum and the rain began to fall. Our driver
said it all...
After an early dinner and a good night's rest we were off again to the airport.
|Countryside on the way to the Airport I|
|Countryside on the way to the Airport II|
|Exit to Izmir International Airport|
Next stop Cappadocia...