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

Essence of Beauty

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“The appearance of things change according to the emotions,

and thus we see magic and beauty in them,

while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”

Kahlil Gibran

 Sunset over the harbour at Kusadasi, Turkey