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Ephesus (near modern Selšuk)

We arrived in Selšuk just ahead of a thunderstorm. The tractors here were Massey-Ferguson. The farmers drive them right into town and park on the streets.

Ephesus is probably the best-preserved ancient city (ruins) in existence. The location of the city actually moved as wars, earthquakes, and other factors would necessitate moving. So the ruins are pretty spread about. Although there was a settlement here before Alexander the Great's time (he died 323 BC), it was after his death that the settlement gained significance. In the Roman era it was the capitol of the province of Asia (not nearly as big as the continent, but being a capitol still meant a certain prominence).
Fort overlooking Selšuk
Fort overlooking Selšuk
Sufferin' succotash!
Sufferin' succotash!
Aquduct
Aquduct
and serve as habitat!
and serve as habitat!
House of the Virgin Mary
House of the Virgin Mary
Ephesus ruins
Ephesus ruins
Reminded me of a certain sports team's logo and colors....
Reminded me of a certain sports team's logo and colors....
One of the main streets in ancient Ephesus
One of the main streets in ancient Ephesus
Library
Library
Library detail
Library detail
Agora
Agora
Exiting toward the harbor
Exiting toward the harbor
Theater
Theater
That's me in last row, center, waving hat
That's me in last row, center, waving hat
Pattern
Pattern
Sarcophagus
Sarcophagus
Christian symbolism
Christian symbolism
Augustus Caesar and Livia
Augustus Caesar and Livia
At St. John's Basilica
At St. John's Basilica
Tomb of St. John
Tomb of St. John