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Turkey

I was blessed to be able to accompany some friends of mine to Europe for a Mediterranean cruise in September 2009. The weather was beautiful and we went to many ports along the 12 day trip. This gallery highlights our time in far western Turkey.

We landed at the port city of Kusadasi and then made our way to Ephesus, a very important port city in ancient times. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world. It played an important role during Biblical times as well as documented in the New Testament.

From there we took a bus trip to the ruins at Magnesia, and then on to the extensive ruins at Miletus. The Theater of Miletus is a primary focus of this set of ruins. Finally, we drove to the ruins of Didyma, which was the largest and most significant sanctuary in the entire territory. Its famous oracle and Temple of Apollo attracted crowds of pilgrims and was second in importance only to Delphi. Construction continued during the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, and portions were still under construction in the Roman period. It was never entirely completed. Modern experts believe the magnificent temple would have been one of the seven wonders of the ancient world had it been completed. Even incomplete, the temple is enormous and impressive; it is the third largest in the ancient world after those of Ephesus and Samos. Originally, 122 enormous Ionic columns surrounded the temple; today only three remain intact. Dating from the 2nd century BC, the columns are 60 feet tall (the height of a six-story building) and have a diameter of 6 feet at the base. Even the stumps of columns that fell are impressive in size and display beautiful carvings at their base. It was truly an amazing sight to see.
Pigeon Island
Pigeon Island
Truth in Advertising
Truth in Advertising
The Angel
The Angel
Curetes Street
Curetes Street
Marble Road
Marble Road
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian
Medusa Relief
Medusa Relief
Library of Celsus
Library of Celsus
Another View
Another View
Ancient Words
Ancient Words
Intricate Carving
Intricate Carving
Looking Up
Looking Up
Performance
Performance
Great Theater
Great Theater
Magnesia on the Meander - Temple of Artemis
Magnesia on the Meander - Temple of Artemis
Temple Remains
Temple Remains
Columns of Time
Columns of Time
Miletus
Miletus
Ruins Around Miletus
Ruins Around Miletus
The Theater of Miletus
The Theater of Miletus
 Medusa head
Medusa head
Column Carvings
Column Carvings
Inside the Temple of Apollo
Inside the Temple of Apollo
Only Remaining Set of Columns
Only Remaining Set of Columns
60 Feet High!
60 Feet High!
All Aboard
All Aboard
Kusadasi
Kusadasi
Leaving Port
Leaving Port