Sunday, February 1, 2009

More Turkish Delight

A few more pics from my holiday trip to Turkey...

This is a carving from a building in Ephesus of the goddess Nike. No she is not wearing tennis shoes, but the details on her wing feathers is still amazing even after 2,000 years.

This is the main street of Ephesus and the major part of the archeological excavations. We started at the top where the Forum (government buildings) was and as you can see, the street ends with the fabulous Library of Celsius. On either side would have been retail shops, fountains, and a few public monuments. You can still see ruts in the paving stones of the streets left from the passing of all those chariots. The city had a population of 250,000 during the height of the Roman period!

And here is yer Olde Aunty standing in front of some of the Forum buildings. Our guide told us that there are 3 things that destroyed ancient cities: Fire, Foes, and Earthquakes. Ephesus was destroyed at least three times by earthquakes. It wasn't rebuilt the last time because the harbor, which used to be just behind the Celsius Library, had silted up over the many years since the city's founding. Without the seaport, the city could no longer support itself.

A similar fate befell Troy. Here is Aunty standing next to one of the city walls, listening intently to our wonderful guide (behind me in the jeans and red shirt) Salih. Of the nine different cities built one atop the other in this area, scientists and scholars have determined that the sixth city was the Troy of Homer's epic, The Iliad. The ninth city, like so many other places in Western Turkey, was Roman.


Helen said...

I am loving all of these photos and hearing about the trip Aunty Cindy, it really must have been a magical place to visit to be just in and around the old buildings the sounds and feel of the place would have been awesome.
Thank you for taking me along on the journey.

Have Fun

terrio said...

I long to see places like this. I just can't imagine standing anywhere with this kind of history everywhere I turn. Thank you for sharing these pics and letting me get there vicariously. :) And the lovely post card from Turkey is on my desk!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Helen and Terrio,
Glad you like the piccies!

I'm such a history geek that standing is places where people lived and things happened that I've read about is such a thrill for me!

As I walked down that main street in Ephesus, I kept thinking Antony and Cleopatra walked (okay were probably CARRIED on fancy litters) here! St. Paul and St. John lived here! Those are mind blowing thoughts for me. Glad I'm not the only one who finds such things exciting. :-)


terrio said...

See, those kinds of things boggle my mind.

Still working on the book. I think I'm getting close to the black moment. It's making me antsy. Dang it. LOL!

Jane said...

Great pics. This is as close to Turkey as I'm going to get for now.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I'm BAACK!! Did you miss me?

AUnty had some problems setting up her new 'puter and getting reconnected to the net. But FINALLY got them resolved!

YAY Terrio on making progress on your book! Hey, once the black moment is over, it's a downhill slide to The End. GREAT FEELING, lemme tell ya!

SOOO glad to be back in cyberspace!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I hope you get a chance to visit Turkey one day in the not too distant future. It is such a fascinating place!

I'll post more pics once I EVER figure out how to move my files from my old computer. :-(