Cruise 2006 - Mediterranean
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Today we're in Kusadasi, Turkey. Kusadasi is one of Turkey's most visited holiday resorts, situated on the west coast of Turkey. Kusadasi has some nice beaches but is also a good starting point for visits to historical sites including Ephesus, Didyma and Priene. We've decided to book a tour to Ephesus, an ancient Greek and later Roman city, of which a lot of remains have been preserved as you can see on the pictures below.
The picture below shows the fa├žade of the Library of Celcus, built in the year 125 AD. It once contained thousands and thousands of scrolls.

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The ruins of Ephesus are a favourite tourist attraction. It was the second largest city in the Roman era after Rome. The estimated population in the first century BC is estimated at 250,000. It was a large city.
Some nice details can be seen in Ephesus when you look closely. Incredible: they are more than 2000 years old.
The oldest finds in Ephesus are from the Neolithic Age dated 6000 years before Christ.
The largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean can be found in Ephesus. Only an estimated 15% has been excavated.
This is a statue of Nike, the Greek winged Goddess of victory. Just do it!
The street of Curetes.
Temple of Hadrian (117 - 128 AD).
Many of the columns and statues are made of marble, so a lot of original details have been preserved pretty well.
Ephesus is certainly worth a visit. It's a large site and very impressive.
This is a part of the theater. The theater had an estimated seating capacity of 44,000!
This is Harbour street, which leads from the old harbor to the theater.
This is what Ephesus must have looked like, in the old days.
If you visit Kusadasi or Izmir in Turkey, make sure to visit Ephesus too. Bring some water, sunscreen and a hat, because it can be very hot out there.

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