Monday, September 22, 2008

11-12 September – Ephesus and the Artemis Temple, Turkey

Ephesus was the capitol of Asia Minor during Roman times. At its peak it had 250,000 inhabitants (2000 years ago). The ruins are beautiful and partly restored. It is great to walk down the main street, on worn marble stones, and feel history all around you. Luckily the high season has ended and we often have the tourist sites to ourselves. The big theater could seat 25,000 spectators.

We also had a quick look at the Artemis Temple which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Now, only one pillar remains of what was once a temple larger than the Parthenon in Athens. We sometimes feel that important ruins are neglected. But, there are probably so many old ruins in Turkey that the Turkish government just do not have enough resources.

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