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Ephesus, Turkey
Outside the Library of Celsus
Ephesus - The ruined city of Ephesus is a must see when visiting Turkey. At its peak, Ephesus was the second biggest city of the ancient world with estimated population more than 250.000. It was also home to the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today you can walk the crumbling marble streets and see the historic monuments of Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Fountain of Trajan, and the Great Theater. Along the way you will also see more cats than you can shake a stick at. For Christians, Ephesus is significant because the Apostle Paul lived here between 53 AD and 57 AD. Corinthians 1 was written while he lived here and later the letters to the Ephesians from Rome.
 
Ephesus, Turkey
House of the Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary - Located in the mountains overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus, is the House of the Virgin Mary (the mother of Jesus). It is said that Saint John escorted Mary here and it is where she spent her final years. The visions of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus came at the beginning of the 19th century to Anne Catherine Emmerich, a bedridden Augustinian nun in Germany. She had dedicated her life to God and near the end of her life she saw visions of Jesus and Mary. The site today consists of a small chapel and fountains where visitors can drink or take home bottles of water believed by some pilgrims to have miraculous powers of healing or fertility.
 
Kusadasi, Turkey
Port of Kusadasi
Port of Kusadasi - If arriving by sea into Turkey, the place you'll land is probably Kusadasi. Kudadasi is a huge tourist port with a permanent population of just over 50,000, but the population swells to over a half a million during the summer months. Here you will find nice beaches, luxury hotels, wonderful shopping and delicious food. It is also a quick bus ride to the ancient city of Ephesus.
 
Kusadasi, Turkey
Shopping Bargains
Shopping - There are a few things in Turkey, that if you are a shopper, you'll want to pick up. The list includes carpets and textiles, Ottoman books, pottery and ceramics and metal crafts (gold, silver and copper). The most popular items on the list and the most beautiful are the carpets and textiles. Shop after shop contains some of the most gorgeous ornamental rugs and tapestries your eyes have ever seen. And if you can't take them with you when you purchase them, they will ship them home for you. Some things you don't want to buy in turkey are antiques, first because they are probably fakes and second because it is illegal to export antiques from Turkey. So stick with newer stuff.