And The a Church Of Mary Magdeline……
19th March 2017
Today, we planned to visit the ancient Roman metropolis of Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the most famous archeological sites in turkey, and used to attract over 30,000 tourists and visitors a day.
The city was famed for the nearby Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. However, all that stands today is one column.
Among many other monumental buildings are the Library of Celsus,the iconic figurehead for Ephesus, and a theatre capable of holding 25,000 spectators.
Ephesus was at its peak during the 1st and 2nd century AD. It was a major Roman city second in importance and size only to Rome. Ephesus has been estimated have had about 400,000 inhabitants in the year 100 AD, making it the largest city in Roman Asia. Because ephesus is such a large complex,we expected that we would be there all day, but the day took much longer due to the fact that all of the tourists wanted to have their photos taken with Asena and Vodka. As we continued walking in and out of the many of the broken buildings, we were stopped over and over again so that some body could take a photo of the dogs!
I’ve never seen so many coach loads of Asian tourists in one place, all with their selfie sticks and all calling Asena….. in foreign!
After much walking, we came back to the car and drove to the grotto of the Seven Sleepers. The story goes that during the persecutions by the Roman emperor Decius, around 250 AD, seven young men were accused of following Christianity.
The Seven ran away to escape the punishment for Christianity and they were sealed into a small cave, where they slept.
200 years later, an old landowner opened up the cave thinking it to be a cattle pen. They awoke, imagining that they had slept for only one day, and sent one of the younger men to Ephesus to buy food, with instructions to be careful. Upon arriving in the city, the man was astounded to find buildings with crosses attached. The townspeople themselves were astounded to find a man trying to spend old coins from the reign of Decius!
In 1929, excavations in the surrounding area of Ephesus, church and several tombs have been brought to daylight. Some inscriptions relating to the Seven Sleepers have been noticed on the walls of the church, it is now a place of pilgrimage for Muslims and Christians alike.
As is the House of Mary, who apparently is held in high regard in the Koran so again both Muslims and Christians alike make pilgrimages to this place. It was the last place we visited today, the house of the Virgin Mary.
It is situated deep in a beautiful, secluded valley between trees and gurgling streams, quite a haven on earth. The house was a traditional Roman design and where it stood has now become a shrine/ beautiful church in honor of MARY, Jesus’ mother………..It is the place where Mary was said to have spent her last days. She arrived in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread the word of Christianity. The churches location is an awesome and beautiful spot, so tranquil, inspiring and under rated, WELL worth visiting, the atmosphere here was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
That evening, we went out for dinner before going back to our hotel, bags packed we are looking forward to a new destination in the morning, I hope you are enjoying the trip!