The beauty of Ephesus is that it’s a whole city turned museum. Houses, gymnasiums, temples and public toilets… you really get a sense of what it was like to be around 2000 years ago. Whereas other ancient cities, (i.e. Rome and Athens) have ancient buildings and monuments scattered throughout an otherwise modern city, Ephesus is preserved in its natural state. A whole city to wander through and let your imagination take over.
The natural assumption when you think about living so long ago is that everything and everyone was dirty, chaotic and uncivilised. The thing is, when you’re walking down polished marble streets, you discover the beautiful saunas in the terrace houses and you stand in front of the most impressive library you’ve ever seen, you nearly feel envious of the people that lived here thousands of years ago.
Then you pull out your iPhone and remember why you love being alive right now.
It’s a fascinating visit. It’s the kind of place you find yourself thinking about for the following days and weeks to come, as you wonder what it would’ve been like to live in what would have been a completely different world.
Ok. Now pictures!