BC: Our Mediterranean Trip December 30, 2010 - January 14, 2011 Cairo, Egypt; Ephesus, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta
1: Site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World | Muslim Mosque | Alexandria Harbor
3: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built near the site of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, the greatest library of the ancient world
5: The Mohammad Ali Mosque, or Alabaster Mosque, in Cairo
6: View of Cairo | The Nile River
9: The Step Pyramid in Saqqara, the first pyramid ever built - ca. 2630 B.C.
10: Statues of Ramses II, known for the colossal statues found of him all over Egypt. He is thought to be the Pharaoh of Egypt who would not let the Hebrew Children go (1279 - 1213 B.C.)
14: We bought off an Egyptian cop so we could touch the Great Pyramid!
15: The Pyramids of Giza
16: Khafre's Pyramid was built in the 26th century B.C. No one knows exactly when the Great Sphinx was built, but it is attributed to Pharaoh Khafre, builder of the second pyramid of Giza
18: House of Mary, the mother of Jesus, near Ephesus in Turkey. The disciple John supposedly took Mary to live here until her death in the 1st century A.D.
19: Ancient City of Ephesus
22: The Terrace Houses in Ephesus, also called the houses of the rich - dating to the 1st century B.C.
27: Celsus Library, built in 117 A.D. It was the third richest library in ancient times, after Alexandria and Pergamum
30: Sitting in the amphitheatre, built in the 3rd century B.C., where Paul preached to the Ephesians and caused a riot! Found in Acts 19
32: We enjoyed a beautiful sunset that evening. A perfect ending to a beautiful day!
34: The scenic city of Valletta on the island of Malta, home to the Knights of St. John from 1530 to 1798 | Paul shipwrecked on this island, called Melita in the Bible, and stayed for 3 months - found in Acts 28