A Visit to Ephesus [Part 3]

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Tradition says that the Virgin Mary spent her latter years in the mountains above Ephesus in Turkey.  A statue of Mary stands at the entrance to the celebrated site.

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The house where Mary is said to have lived until her death.

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Lighting a candle at Mary’s Shrine.

Photos: Mary’s traditional home in the mountains above Ephesus, Turkey 2012

A Visit to Ephesus [Part 2]

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Let the drama begin

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Roman soldiers marching into Ephesus

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The Emperor’s party arrives

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The Emperor awaits the spectacle

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The Emperor’s wife arrives

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The dancing girls

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Soldiers standing guard

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The juggler performs

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The gladiators approach

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Soldiers guard the entrance

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Spectator’s watching the combat

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Waiting for the Emperor’s decision

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Guards prevent access to the Emperor

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The Emperor and his wife leave the arena

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Soldiers bringing up the rear

Photos: Drama at Ephesus, 2012

A Visit to Ephesus [Part 1]

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The Library of Celsius

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Ruins of the Agora [main marketplace], Ephesus

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Relief sculpture of Nike, the goddess of victory

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Remains of the Trajan Fountain

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Temple of Hadrian

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Intricate carvings adorn the ancient ruins

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Feeding the cats at Ephesus

Photos: Ephesus, Turkey 2012