Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ancient Sites of Ephesus, Turkey

Finally, in the home stretch of my journey, I visited some of the most ancient historic sites that Turkey has to offer. First up, we went to visit Mount Solmissos, where the supposed ‘House of the Virgin Mary’ is located.

The site was apparently discovered in the 19th century based on the reported series of visions of a German nun. It is believed that Mary was brought here by Saint John in fulfillment of his promise to Jesus to protect her, and this was where she spent her final days.

The simple stone house stands on a mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea and the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Near the house stands a wall where pilgrims leave their prayers as well as a source of spring water.

Next, we went to Ephesus, the ancient Greco-Roman ruined city. Here, the most impressive remains is that of the Library of Celcus.

Last but not least, we went to one of the two last remaining Wonders of the Ancient World (though it's barely there!) - The Temple of Artemis. You really have to use your imagination here!

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