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Selcuk and Ephesus

Cute town and some epic ruins

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After our stay in Istanbul we caught an early flight to Izmir and headed to Selcuk to see Ephesus. Luckily everything worked out like we had hoped and we caught the train from the airport, checked in and then went straight to the ruins. It was a hectic day, but totally worth it. It was especially impressive for me because I’ve never really seen any ruins before. There are some Roman ruins in Germany and the Rhine Valley, but they really are just ruins – a few stones still in the ground showing the footprint of a building. Ephesus is an entire city, really well preserved, and much of it has been restored relatively recently.

It was a cloudy day and a little rainy at times, so there were almost no people there. There were quite a few huge groups of tourists, but they went through the ruins together, so we got to see most of the buildings with no one else around. It was really amazing. Most of the buildings are from around the 1st or 2nd centuries CE, but there are some even older. It was unbelievable to see an entire ancient city almost intact. There are theatres, a library, basilicas, baths, latrines, and even some of the residences have been excavated and restored.

The most famous structure is the library, it’s the typical picture of Ephesus, but everything we saw was mind-blowing. After the ruins there still enough daylight left for us to see the ruins of the temple of Artemis. There’s really not much left, but I guess to know what used to be there is really amazing. Most of the ruins have been collected and are now in the Selcuk Ephesus museum, which we unfortunately didn’t have time to see. I wish we could have spent more time there, but we’re on our way to Pamukkale now, trying to squeeze in as much of Turkey as we can before we move on to Sarajevo next week!

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