Thru The Lens: Ephesus

Ephesus is one of the largest archaeological sites of its kind in the world. The ancient city started its existence under the Greeks and later became a part of the Roman empire. It fell into ruin along with the rest of the Roman empire around 250 A.D. until archaeologists re-discovered and began excavation of the site in the 19th century. These days, it’s a major tourist destination in Turkey and features some of the best restored structures from the Roman era.

The Library of Celsus' facade

The Library of Celsus’ facade

The site is still under excavation but some structures such as the terrace houses, the great theatre, and the library of Celsus are in amazing condition and worth making the trip to Ephesus for.

Practical Info Ephesus is located about 3km from the town of Selcuk, which is about 10 hours by bus from Istanbul. There are plenty of accommodation and eating options in Selcuk.

One of the main streets

One of the main streets

Inside the great theatre

Inside the great theatre

Looking towards the Library of Celsus

Looking towards the Library of Celsus

Even the cats are impressed with the Library of Celsus

Even the cats are impressed with the Library of Celsus

The facade of the Library of Celsus

The facade of the Library of Celsus

A closer look at the facade of the Library of Celsus

A closer look at the facade of the Library of Celsus

Yet another facade shot

Yet another facade shot

The latrine. Apparently politics was discussed here. In close quarters.

The latrine. Apparently politics was discussed here. In close quarters.

A statue of Nike, the god of victory

A statue of Nike, the god of victory

A gate

A gate

Along one of the main streets

Along one of the main streets

Restored columns backed by mountains

Restored columns backed by mountains

An ancient brothel advert. It is the oldest profession in the world.

An ancient brothel advert. It is the oldest profession in the world.

The grand theatre which can seat over 20000 spectators

The grand theatre which can seat over 20000 spectators

Nice inscriptions.

Nice inscriptions.

Have you ever visited any Roman ruins? How do they compare with Ephesus?

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