Selcuk 1st part; Strolling the Ancient City of Ephesus

4-days Turkey Summer Solo Escapade
June 27 to July 03, 2014

Sabiha Gokcen Istanbul Airport arrival at night

How to go to Ephesus;
From Izmir airport, ride a train bound to Selcuk which has an hour travel time at 4.75TRY($2.2) fare. Upon arriving at the Selcuk train station, I walked around 500m towards the minibus terminal bound to Ephesus which departs ONLY on full seating capacity. Minibus ride was around 10mins with fare of 2.5TRY($1.2). Ephesus Archeological Site has entrance fee of 30TRY($14.3). Photography and video taking is permitted inside. Monopod is allowed while the tripod has to be surrendered in Security Office.

Ephesus was a former ancient Greek City before a messy period of conquest and reconquest and after the population was moved from Sel├žuk to the the present site. After that, Ephesus became a Roman city in 133 BC. Ephesus has developed into one of the most highly frequented archaeological sites, due not only to the excellent state of preservation but also to the visitor-friendly presentation of the monuments. The ancient site of Ephesus is seen entirely on foot. Pathways are signed clearly and easily navigated as you make your way through.

The so-called Theater Gymnasium was constructed in 125AD. The complex with over-all dimensions greater than 12,000sqm, conforms to the Ephesian type of bath-gymnasium compexes. U-shaped recreation and lobby halls surrounded the bathing rooms. Celsus Library, certainly the most well-known monument in Ephesus, was built 100AD by Gaius Aquila for his father Tiberius Celsus. The library actually be interpreted as a "heroon" which was built over the burial chamber of the deceased. The library was destroyed during an earthquake in 270AD and was not never rebuilt.

Ancient City of Ephesus (Library of Celsus)

Ancient City of Ephesus (theater gymnasium)

Ancient City of Ephesus (theater gymnasium)

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus (Library of Celsus)

Ancient City of Ephesus (Library of Celsus)

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus


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