Sunday, 30 October 2011

The ancient town of Ephesus with the library of Celsus

It was a very hot day when we visited the ancient town of Ephesus which had its first inhabitants around 4.000 years B.C. In those days, this was a harbour but now the sea has retreated and is more than 10 km away from the site. It was an important city of the Roman Empire and it had one of the largest theathers with a capacity of 24.000 spectators. It was the second largest city of the Roman Empire with 250.000 inhabitants. The most fascinating building is the Library of Celsus, which was built out of respect for the Roman Senator Celsus in the year 135. The library is also his tomb. This ancient town is an amazing place which you should certainly visit it when you are in this region of Turkey. For us, this is more impressive than any other archaeological site we have ever visited.

Het was een zeer hete dag toen we de in historische stad van Ephesus waren. De stad werd opgericht ongeveer 4.000 jaar VC. In die tijd was dit een havenstad, nu is de zee meer als 10km teruggetrokken. Het was een belangrijke stad in het Romeinse Rijk met een van de grootste theaters, die een capaciteit van 24.000 toeschouwers had. Het was tevens de tweede grootste stad van het Romeinse Rijk met 250.000 inwoners. Het meest fascinerende gebouw is de Bibliotheek van Celsus die werd gebouwd ter ere van de senator Celsus. Dit monument is ook zijn begraafplaats. Deze historische stad moet je zeker bezoeken als je in de regio bent van Izmir of Kusadasi. Voor ons is dit de mooiste archeologische site die we ooit hebben bezocht..

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14 comments:

  1. Een bijzonder mooie serie foto's...... jullie hebben al vele mooie plekjes bezocht.

    Groetjes en een fijne zondag gewenst, Joop

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  2. The view is simply awesome~

    Looks like you've been traveling alot huh! ;)

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  3. Fantastic architecture and wonderful carved old stones. Beautiful photos and a lot of sunshine. Have fun !

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  4. The depth of history in place like Ephesus is difficult for me to fully appreciate. It must be truly amazing to visit such ancient sites in person.

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  5. So historical... the Roman empire is indeed intriguing.. would love to visit those places one day..

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  6. I discovered your blog through the comment that you left on the Viva la Voyage travel photo blog that m wife and I do, and I have now signed up to follow your blog. I look forward to your future posts.

    We have been to Ephesus and agree with you that it is indeed impressive. It is hard to pick what one would consider the most impressive archeological site. On our tour of Greece and Turkey, we asked our tour director what he considered to be the most impressive archeological site, and he said Petra. We visited Petra about 8 years later, and I think we agree with him.

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  7. Wow...das sind imposante Bauwerke...eine großartige Handwerkskunst...
    LG: Karin

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  8. Thanks for these nice pictures. We have been there ten years ago and with your pictures we remember this beautiful place and the nice holiday.
    J+C

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  9. Wow that is one remarkable architecture! I hope I would have the chance to go travel the world the someday... for now, its just the www as my destination =)

    Have fun!

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  10. really impressive, I should for sure go and visit this neighbour of mine;-)))

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  11. Great architectural photos, Filip. Such detail in the carvings.

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  12. I have been to Ephesus and Turkey before, it was a fascinating country with all the cultures, history and nature.

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  13. This looks like a really amazing place! Such amazing detail in the sculptings and love the color of the marble or granite... whichever. Looks like it would be a great place to visit

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