Touted as the largest city ever excavated, Ephesus is more important for the roles it played in history – and what it can teach us about the future.
And, importantly for our small band of photographers – Ephesus contributed inspiring design material that spun into some exciting images!
This major Greek City, turned Roman City, and possibly the place where the Bible’s Gospel of John was written, sat on a hillside overlooking an important harbor. The city was an important center of trade. Under the Romans, the forests inland were plundered for lumber, setting off severe erosion that eventually silted in the harbor, creating a wetland that harbored mosquitos and malaria – eventually creating an outbreak that caused the city to be abandoned.
One area of Ephesus has been excavated carefully and is kept under a roof for protection – an area of elite residences. The lifestyle here was impressive – as are the archaeological vestiges. Again, great material for photographers!
There are so many aspects to this site, so many intriguing corners. And so many stories to hear.
What a visual treat!
Oh, and nearby are the last remnants of the Temple of Artemis – once one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Unfortunately, as allegiances changed over time, the temple became handy building material for other nearby structures…
With the remnants of the temple sitting in a swamp, it makes a nice pedestal for nesting storks!
Where next? Pergamum and nearby Asclepion.