If it ain’t Ephesus, I don’t want it!

Remains of the Library at Ephesus (once the 3rd largest in the world):

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Ephesus. Wow would be a disservice to this awe-inspiring, partially standing former Greek city-state. Before I give you my in-person impressions, briefly I’ll give you a bit of the city’s history.

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city-state, near present-day Selçuk, in the İzmir Province of Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC (but relocated many times over due to plague and strategic reasons).The city was renowned for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World In 268 AD; subsequently, the Temple was destroyed/damaged in a raid by the Goths (from Wikipedia). It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear.

What is clear is the amazing architecture, breathtaking views, and appreciated sense of historical perspective evident once one visits this amazing site. We, the 2014 GW-Turkey CAP, left Istanbul for Selçuk on May 17 for what I’m positive was a mesmerizing experience for us all. Not only was our view of Selçuk amazing from our hotel, but the ambiance inherent in this important region was visible in the people, food and cultural aesthetic. This trip was especially important for our group because it provided a welcomed change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.

In Selçuk: we got to see an an awesome view of the Aegean; visit the Temple of Mary; tour a local village in the mountains which had excellent local wine; as well as experience wonderful Chop Shish cusisine (delicious 🙂 which is native to the region, at a local restaurant. In addition, we really had an opportunity to marry the Turkey of old, with all the wonderful and engaging site visits we’d completed in the past week, in the new, modern Turkey.It is honestly quite impossible to fully impart how enthralling this experience was for us, and I can only hope that future Turkey CAPs will be lucky enough to visit this site in person!

View from Seaside Hotel in Selçuk:

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Students out with Professor Aykuz on the town:

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Outside the Temple of Mary:

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Entering Ephesus:

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Steps into Ephesus:

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Engraving of the Goddess Nike:

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Entering the Stadium/Theater at Ephesus:

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