Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Gems of Turkey and Greece, The Turkish Coast

The Turkish Coast

 

 

Ҫanakkale, Turkey

Our first Turkish port on day 2 was Ҫanakkale, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles. It has territory in both Europe and Asia and is the site of ancient Troy, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. We took a tour of Troy and climbed up to the top of the wooden horse for a picture.

Ephesus – Kusadasi, Turkey

On day 3, we docked at Kusadasi, where we were able to access some of the most well-preserved ruins in the world at Ephesus.

The city of Ephesus was established as a port and commercial center and is now the location for several archaelogical remains. The great Temple of Artemis was built in 550 BC and destroyed in AD 262. During excavations in the late 19th century, many artifacts of the Roman and Byzantine periods were uncovered.

 

Ephesus Closeup

Closeup of Celsus Library, Ephesus

 

The Terrace Houses

The Terrace Houses are ancient apartments once inhabited by wealthy Ephesians. They are being completely reassembled. We had the opportunity to walk around inside these luxurious homes and get a feel for what life used to be during these ancient times in Ephesus.

During our tour, cats hovered and ran around the ruins.  We questioned our  guide (arranged by Paul Gauguin Personalized Services) about the legality of cats and tourists roaming and touching the ruins. She explained that Turkey has so many ruins, they are happy to allow tourists to touch and get close to the excavations—and to history. They could not do anything about controlling the cats.
Cat in Ruins

A Cat in Ephesus

 

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