S: Trip of a lifetime; Ephesus, Turkey
BC: for a lifetime
FC: Ephesus 2012
1: Efes 2012
2: Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean. And only 15% of the ruins at Ephesus have been excavated!!! This is my journey... from the old terracotta sewage and water pipes to the marble lined path and the massive columns which once lined the roads where chariot races were happenstance. | Bee-uty
4: An ancient Roman's footprint
5: Hadrian's Gate | Above: The Commercial Agora (Shopping Center)
6: The Odeon; a concert hall and meeting place built in 2AD
7: Fountain of Trajan | Temenos | Temple of Hadrian's frieze
8: Celsus Library 117AD
9: At one point, the Celsus Library held more than 12,000 scrolls and was the third richest library in ancient times after the Library of Alexandria.
10: -Ephesus is the best preserved Classical City of the Eastern Mediterranean and among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely soak in the atmosphere of Roman times | Efes Museum: The City of Efes was rebuilt four times in history - Efes was once a seaport and is now 6 miles away from the sea
14: Me standing next to the Hercules Gate, to touch it is meant to give you his powers
15: Curetes Street was once lined with fountains, monuments, statues and shops. Due to many earthquakes, the street had to be rebuilt many times with numerous new statues. | One of the three main streets of Efes named after the priests who walked the streets. | Curetes Street
17: Above my head you see the remaining piece of the Fountain of Pollio built in 97 AD. Water was brought into the city by 3 main aqueducts and then distributed throughout the city by a system of terracotta pipes. | Simply Inspiring...
19: Inspiration and Genius -- One and the Same! ~ Victor Hugo
20: The Temple of Artemis is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today one can only see the ruins of the fountains of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured column's capital and shafts. | Temple of Artemis
21: To the left is Arcadian Street, one of the only streets in the world during the Hellenistic Age that was lit up at night.
22: The most magnificent structure in Ephesus Ancient City. First constructed in the Hellenistic Period and then enlarged during the Roman Period. The Great Theatre can hold more than 25,000 people | The Great Theatre
23: The facade facing the audience was ornamented with relieves, columns with niches, windows and statues. The Great Theatre was used not only for concerts and plays but also for religious, political and philosophical discussions and gladiator and animal fights. Even the Apostle Paul spoke in the Great Theatre in 1AD. Paul spent over 3 years in Ephesus preaching the word of God.
24: The most important trade center of Ephesus, built in the third century B.C. | Ruins of the Commercial Agora
25: Once a bustling market place, now a serene field with ruins and flowers. | Left: The Fountain of Lawcainus Bassus
26: Prytaneion Important religious ceremonies, official receptions and banquets were held in the Prytaneion. The sacred flame that symbolized the Heart of Ephesus was kept constantly lit here in the Prytaneion. Built in the 3rd Century B.C.
29: Temple of Domitian Built from 81-96 AD, this is the first structure in Ephesus known to be dedicated to an emperor.
31: House of the Virgin Mary
32: Our final days in Turkey were spent at the most beautiful coastal town. Just a hour and half from the Greek Island of Samos, it was a peaceful way to end the vacation of a lifetime ~ <3 ~ | Kusadasi, Turkey
35: A Glorious Sight | Ephesus
37: Always in my heart... Ephesus, Turkey 2012