If I had my way I wouldn’t have been here at midday either; but being late in the year the sun wasn’t overly bright and glaring. The polarizer filter made one if its infrequent appearances, to good effect I think.
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. Wikipedia
Tradition has it that St John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the Crucifixion. The house where she spent her last days, Meryemana Evi (“Mother Mary’s House”) , is on Mount Koressos. This is a now a major Catholic and Muslim pilgrim site.