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Selçuk

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  • Oct21

    The Church of St John

    October 21, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    The Basilica of St. John was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modeled after the now lost Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.Read more

  • Day9

    Pamukkale en Ephesus

    November 29, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Ons het wakker geword en ontbyt gaan eet in die restaurant areatjie op die boonste vloer van die hotel. Dis omring met vensters en kyk uit op die soutbaddens. Daar was 'n lugballon wat mense oor die soutbaddens vat. Ons het toe gestap na die ingang, maar agv lockdown maak hulle eers 11:00 oop. Riekie het al die rondloper honde aangeneem en hulle volg haar oral terwyl sy met hulle praat en vir hulle maniere leer - in Afrikaans nogal. Ons gaan pak toe ons goed en laai dit in die kar. 11:00 kon ons darem ingaan. Mens moet jou skoene uittrek om op dit te loop, maar jou voete vries af en dis nat. Van die poele is lekker warm en ander is yskoud. Aan die bokant lê die ruïnes van Hierapolis, met 'n hamam en 'n swembad wat die bron van die water van die baddens is, met stukke pilare en ander ruïnes op die bodem. Ons het rondgeloop en Riekie moes weer oral op haar hande staan vir foto's. Op een plek het die sekuriteitswag gekom en haar ook kom afneem - baie snaaks. Ons het toe afgegaan en geswem in een van die poele en toe teruggegaan en gery na Ephesus. Rondom middagete was ons al lekker honger, maar oral waar ons indraai is die plekke toe. Ons stop toe op die ou einde by 'n vulstasie met 'n restaurantjie. Die oom agter die toonbank kan nie Engels praat nie en roep toe iemand anders. Ek dink elke besigheid het iemand wat hulle kan roep om Engels te praat, want dit gebeur gereeld. In die vertoonyskas is net klomp vleis stews. Ons vra toe of hulle Pide het, want dis omtrent al wat ek kon onthou en daar is nie 'n manier wat mens daai Turkse menu sonder prentjies kan verstaan nie. Hulle het nie Pide nie, maar op die ou einde kry ons toe lekker kebabs. O, Annette sê my stories is nie so snaaks soos altyd nie, maar dis so moeilik, want die hele trip het basies bestaan uit lag en kos. Ek kan nie dink watter snaakse goed om te sê nie. Behalwe dat ons besluit het 'merhaba', wat 'hallo' beteken, kan gebruik word vir alles. So ons antwoord op enige vrae is merhaba. Daarsy Annette... dit was een van ons top grappies - is nog steeds. In elk geval, ons ry toe verder en kom laatmiddag aan by Ephesus. Dis uitgrawings van die stad aan wie Paulus die brief van Efesiërs geskryf het. Mens se brein kan dit nie begryp, as jy daar sit, in die amfiteater wat 24 000 mense kan vat, en afkyk op 'n hele marmerstraat met marmer pilare wat lei na die dorp, en dis werklik nie. My brein is te klein vir die omvang daarvan. Al die pilare het patrone wat uitgekerf is - sekerlik met die hand - wat alles dieselfde lyk, maar nie presies dieselfde groottes nie. Daar is ook die biblioteek van Celsus en die kerk van Maria - die eerste kerk in die stad. Dis iets wat mens self moet beleef om te waardeer. Ons is na donker daar uit en was die enigste mense oor. Ons gaan toe na die blyplek waar ons die vorige aand sou bly, Ephesus Palace in Sirinçe, en kry 'n massiewe kamer, met 4 beddens. Die spieël in die badkamer is ook die venster na buite, so as jy die 'spieël' oopmaak kyk jy uit op die straat.Read more

  • Day8

    Kusadasi

    May 17, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Kusadasi! First up we had a guided tour of the Emphasis and Terrace Houses followed by a trip to where they make hand made rugs. We were taught how the rugs were made and how they get the silk. After that we were dropped off near the ship where we did a little bit of shopping followed by dinner at a local restaurant - we ended up with a platter to share and it was pretty tasty!Read more

  • Day5

    Ephesus, Second City of the Roman Empire

    November 9, 2013 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Although Kusadasi is the gateway to Ephesus, it is a charming city in its own right. Our guide, Ergin, was a bit older than our other guides, but he was fantastic--well informed, competent, and with a dry sense of humor. Ephesus was the second city of the Roman Empire, a major port until it was silted up in the fourth century. Failure to drain the increasing swamps resulted in mosquitoes that caused epidemics. By the fifth century the city was abandoned. It was a major center of the Christian Church. We saw the tomb of St. John. In medieval times there had been a basilica constructed over the site. Now it is a simple tomb in the ground. The library of Celsus is magnificent even in its ruined state. What is reputed to be the house of the Virgin Mary is the site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage. Only one column remains of the Temple of Diana. We had an excellent five-course Turkish lunch, complete with folkloric dancers. After lunch we went to a carpet cooperative, but, of course, with our acquaintance with the Capels, had already learned enough to buy the carpets we need.Read more

  • Day13

    Basilica of Saint John

    November 7, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Major church dedicated to Saint John, the disciple who accompanied Mary after the crucification. The basilica was built by Justinian in the 6th century.
    The 1st is a photo of a model showing what the original building looked like with its 6 domes. The 2nd overlooks part of the ruins. The 3rd looks down the length of the nave to the apse. Immediately in front of the apse is the site of the tomb of John, shown in the 4th picture. 5th is a baptistry, and 6th is another part of the building complex.Read more

  • Day14

    Ephesus, Lower City

    November 8, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    This is where everyone else lived, worked, played, traded, etc. This area ran from the harbor up to the gate of Herakles (1st picture) which divided the upper and lower cities. Due to sedimentation, the seashore is now 9 km from here. That is why the city was abandoned.
    The 2nd picture is of the facade of the 3rd largest library in antiquity. The gates in the 3rd picture are adjacent to the library and were built by 2 slaves, thanking an emperor for becoming his slaves. (Once a people were conquered, they became slaves, even the wealthy. Hence a couple rich guys said thanks for being taken into the emperor's service.) 4th is the commercial agora in the lower city where all the business, shopping, trading, etc. was done. Adjacent to the lower agora is the street to the harbor that runs to where the harbor used to be. Last is the largest theater in Asia Minor, seating about 25,000.
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  • Day14

    Mary Church

    November 8, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The first church named for the mother of Jesus and the site of the third ecumenical council in 431 AD. The building from that time has been rebuilt, replaced, etc. What remains are the ruins and restorations of later buildings on the site.
    The photos start from the courtyard. Next is a doorway to the church. The next 3 step progressively forward from the doorway, past what appears to be a water bath for ablutions, and then approaching the apse. I'm told the building is about 140 meters long.
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  • Day15

    Temple of Artemis

    November 9, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    One of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, destroyed in the 4th century. Only 1 column remains. Most were reused elsewhere, including in Hagia Sophia (see post from last year). In the 1st picture overlooking part of the temple, you can see 3 religions: The pagan the temple; a mosque up the hill to toward the left; and the 4 pillars at the top right are at the basilica of St. John. The 3rd photo shows the original floor.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Selçuk, Selcuk, セルチュク, 셀추크, Селчук, Сельчук, 塞尔丘克