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Listed under Archaeological Sites in Soke, Turkey.

  • Photo of Ephesus
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  • Photo of Ephesus
  • Photo of Ephesus
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Ruins of an Ionian city, host to a gladiator graveyard and historically notable church, Ephesus is one of the largest Roman sites with more still to be excavated. A grand, pillared theatre, harbour, library, odeon and numerous temples including monuments to Hadrian and Sextilius Pollio and a both a commercial and political agora attest to the wealth of the city in its prime. One of the main attractions for visitors is the Great Theatre, well preserved, this building seats around 25,000 and is where St. Paul faced down the crowds after his letter to the Ephesians. Another is the House of the Virgin Mary who is said to have lived here in her age and died here. As an aside the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World was in Ephesus, built before the arrival of the Ionians.

Written by  Roy Adelwood.

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