Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus is one of those ruins that even Presidents go to see.  Several days earlier, the place was shut down when President Clinton and his family visited it.

This site is some 6 kilometers from the sea but it was once a thriving seaport. In this photo all of the brown material is river delta material that silted in the harbor and extended the shoreline seaward, creating the demise of Ephesus.

Ephesus was the site of the 2nd largest ancient library after Alexandria (Celsus library as reconstructed).

The romans here had an extensive clay-pipe plumbing system and some of the same problems that we have with pipes clogging up with mineral deposits.

They used the water effectively in one of the best preserved public toilets that I have seen, being demonstrated here by our tour guide.
They must have been quite cool since they are marble and rather completely preserved here.

Since Ephesus was a thriving seaport, they also had at least one bordello, this pavement block engraved with what is believed to be the directions to the nearest one. The advertising pavement block has a business card, a representation of the merchandise or proprietor, a foot oriented in the direction of the establishment, a cross indicating an intersection where one was to turn left, and a broken heart in the upper left.

There were many images of the sea. Boy riding a dolphin? A horse-fish?

There were also some wonderful columns of granitic rock that may have been brought from as far as Egypt. These were about 4 ft in diameter.

The nearby town of Selcuk has a great market place on Saturdays
cauliflower of enormous size, colorful vegetables, spices and, of course, many types of olives.  And if you think it is a backwater...the local photo shop had the first copier that I have seen that could print direct from my Olympus digital camera's smart media card.  They also have a great Turkish bath...but keep your sandals on or you might just have a run in with a marble floor like me!

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