Sunday, May 3, 2015

Day 7 - Ephesus

View along the way from Pamukkale to Denzli


The experience of renting car in Denzli is horrible! Wondering if it is representative of the service standard in Turkey. It is really inefficient, especially coming from Singapore, this kind of service is totally unacceptable.

Below are some observations/comments:

1. Car rental company name is different from the one listed in our reservation (hence, our taxi driver took almost 1 hour to locate the car rental company).

2. Took around 1 hour to get our car (with an empty fuel tank)

3. Had to argue with them to give us a car with full fuel tank. 
Took another 30mins to get it done!

4. There are many staffs are idling and siting around doing nothing. 
Apparently, we are the only client in the morning (How do they make money??)

5. Gave us a GPS system, yet, they have no idea how it works.

6. Did not inform us that the fuel is Diesel and not Petrol/Gasoline.

Lastly, they told us to be more relaxed and chilled. 
Well, may be that's something I would like to learn, 
but we cannot accept sub-standard service and attitude.

6-7 staffs helping to hand over 1 car!!!
Talking about efficiency!

Empty Office

Diesel-Fuel Only!!!


This attraction is touted as the best Roman ruin in Mediterranean.

Wiki: "Ephesus (/ˈɛfəsəs/;[1] Greek: Ἔφεσος Ephesos; Turkish: Efes; ultimately from Hittite Apasa) was an ancient Greekcity[2][3] on the coast of Ionia, three kilometres southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital[4][5] by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis andAlexandria Troas.[6]
The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid by the Goths.[7] It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear.[8] Emperor Constantine the Great rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from Emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom.[9] The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Küçükmenderes River.
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation.[10] The Gospel of Johnmay have been written here.[11] The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils (see Council of Ephesus). It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard. The ruins of Ephesus are a favourite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport."

A huge theater with a capacity of holding 25,000 spectators.

Nice place with beautiful hills at the back.

Huge Theater.

Library of Celsus
Beautiful Structure.

Wiki: "The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selçuk, Turkey. It was built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus[2][3] (completed in 135 AD) by Celsus' son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as amausoleum for Celsus, who is buried in a crypt beneath the library.[1]
The interior of the library was destroyed, supposedly by an earthquake in 262 A.D.,[4] and the façade by another earthquake in the tenth or eleventh century A.D.[5] It lay in ruins for centuries, until the façade was re-erected (anastylosis) by archaeologists between 1970 and 1978.[6]"



Other sites within the complex are still under restoration.

Roman Pillars

Trying to entertain ourselves. =)


Wiki: "The House of the Virgin Mary (Turkish: Meryem ana or Meryem Ana Evi, "Mother Mary's House") is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos (Turkish: Bülbüldağı, "Mount Nightingale") in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Selçuk in Turkey.[1]
The house was discovered in the 19th century by following the descriptions in the reported visions ofBlessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book by Clemens Brentano after her death.[2] The Catholic Church has never pronounced in favour or against the authenticity of the house, but nevertheless maintains a steady flow of pilgrimage since its discovery. Anne Catherine Emmerich was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 2004.
Catholic pilgrims visit the house based on the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) orDormition (according to Orthodox belief).[3][4]
The shrine has merited several papal Apostolic Blessings and visits from several popes, the earliest pilgrimage coming from Pope Leo XIII in 1896, and the most recent in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI."

No photography was allowed, so I took a photo of the postcard.
It is a peaceful place.

Sunset at the Aegean Sea. =)

Love the deco of this Turkish Restaurant.
It's really cosy.

It looks better than its taste. :P

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