I have not done a travel post in a long time so I figured this was long overdue. Today I am going to share Kusadasi, Turkey with you. If you have been to Kusadasi I am sure you have heard about Ephesus. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, built in 10th century BC, and it is pretty awesome. You essentially walk through the whole thing, ending up at the Library of Celsus. The Library of Celsus was built to store 12,000 scrolls and also to serve as a mausoleum to Celsus (he is buried in a crypt beneath it.) I took a lot of pictures of Ephesus, YAY!
such pretty column work and the fact that it stayed this well in tact over such a long time period is amazing to me
this is the world’s first water line, pretty neat!
This is a stone carving of the goddess Nike, in case you were ever wondering where Nike (the athletic gear company) got their inspiration from, she is the goddess of victory.
The Temple of Hadrian, Hadrian was a Roman emperor who built Hadrian’s wall and also rebuilt the Pantheon. He is considered one of the Five Good Emperors.
As you can see this is a major tourist attraction, for good reason, but it is kind of neat how you get to walk through the whole city as if it were still there.
The Library of Celsus
Temple of Hadrian
a beautiful column base
I loved this mosaic floor, all hand laid, can you imagine? and it still looks so pretty!
So that was a very quick, very small tour of Ephesus. Kusadasi also has a very large religious presence. We also visited the Tomb of John the Apostle at the Basilica of St. John, and The House of the Virgin Mary.
This was a part of the site of the Basilica of St. John which was built in the 6th century AD, under emperor Justinian I, over the supposed site of the apostle’s tomb.
The supposed tomb of St. John the Apostle
The House of the Virgin Mary was probably my favorite spot.
Candles lit for loved ones and in honor of Mary.
This was probably the coolest part of the entire visit, the prayer wall. Every piece of paper you see had someone’s prayers written on it from all over the world. How amazing is that?
Can you find mine?
So this was Kusadasi in a nutshell. If you are ever in/around Turkey I highly recommend checking it out there is SO MUCH HISTORY to be seen. It was so cool.