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Despite the crowds and the annoyingly bossy and dominating tour guide, Ephesus was wonderful. I’ve been very judicious with the photos for this travel gallery; you perhaps wouldn’t realise the huge number of cruise-ship disgorged tourists that clogged the pathways and streets. But there I was being a tourist myself… bussed in, herded by an umbrella wielding guide and pressured for time. A slower exploration would have been nice…

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 Sel├žuk, 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.

Photo Gallery: The Ruins of Ephesus

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  1. Great shots.

    Thanks for grabbing and memorializing this day.

    Glad to see the cats got their fair due.

  2. [...] are hawked to cruise ship-disgorged tourists and where the famed splendours of Haghia Sophia and Ephesus really do match the hype. And where the main cities (Istanbul and Izmir) feel very European but [...]

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