Monthly Archives: January 2018

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey Near the Hippodrome and the centre of ancient Constantinople is the largest Cistern in the city. There is nothing to see from the street level because all of the magic is happening below the streets and … Continue reading

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Hippodrome

The Hippodrome in Istanbul, Turkey The oldest monument of Constantinople stands in the Hippodrome, a public square, originally the ancient circus for chariot-racing. In the centre is a spina, the longitudinal barrier in the centre of the Hippodrome. In the centre of the … Continue reading

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Ephesus 5

Headline:  Apostle Pauls Causes Riot at Great Ephesus Theatre The Great Theatre is the most magnificent structure in Ephesus. There are 24000 seats and 1000 standing places. It is the largest amphitheatre in Asia Minor. The walkway below leads from the … Continue reading

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Ephesus 3

The Celsus Library is the highlight of ancient Ephesus Follow the marble brick road down to the centre of town. At the corner of Curetes Street and the Marble Road you will see the Celsus Library on the left. You cannot … Continue reading

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Ephesus 2

Nike and other interesting statues The Temple of Artemis, now in ruins, was once a multi columned structure built on the flat (muddy) land near the port. Silver smiths were thriving on the manufacture and sales of the statues and … Continue reading

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Ephesus

Ancient Roman City of Ephesus On a lovely spring day in 2016, our guide led us for a leisurely stroll down the hill through the ancient ruins of the Roman Provincial capital city. There were many specific highlights but the general first impressions … Continue reading

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Kusadasi 2

Turkey’s beautiful port of Kusadasi People have used this port since 3000BC. Think back 5000 years when the Lelegians and Carians settled here. It is on the Aegean coast in the Anatolia Region of Turkey about 90 kilometres south of Izmir. … Continue reading

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Virgin Mary Shrine

Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus In the Solmissos Mountains located on the top of the “Bulbul” mountain 9 km from Ephesus, is a shrine to the Virgin Mary. It is a place where Mary sought solitude in her … Continue reading

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Kusadasi

Kusadasi, Ephesus and the Basilica of St. John Kusadasi is the port used by cruise ships to visit Ephesus, Turkey. Ephesus is about 30 kilometres from the port. In ancient times it was the port but silt carried down the river … Continue reading

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Knossos

Knossos Palace The Palace at Knossos, Crete is very old, but the legends are even older. Perhaps you have heard of the mythical Minotaur and the labyrinth where he was kept? Not much remains of the palace. Some excavation has been … Continue reading

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