Ephesus Photo Gallery

Today's ruined Ephesus dates from the 4th century BC. Although landlocked today, it was a major Aegean port during Roman times, and what is left today shows just how prosperous the city was in those days. Expecting a major rush from the cruise ships, we arrived bright and early, only to find plenty of others also devised the same strategy.

The medical symbol ...

The downward-sloping main thoroughfare, Curetes Street, has plenty of ruins lined on both sides.

The Temple of Hadrian was built to honour a visit by the emperor in AD 123.

The wealthy resided along the hillsides on the left side of the street.

These ancient toilets were shared, presumably used by many at the same time to relieve themselves and discuss everyday affairs. The seats and gutters looked a bit too clean though.

The Library of Celsus sat at the bottom of Curetes Street. Completed in AD 117, only the facade remains today.

The cruise crowd started to add up as they descended down Curetes Street.

Next to the library, the marketplace, or Agora, is evident from the huge open space.

A passageway at the end of the Agora leads to the huge theatre.

To get a sense of the theatre's scale, the best spot is to head a few hundred metres out for a wide shot. This part of Ephesus used to be the harbour grand entrance.

Another view of the tourist traffic down Curetes Street.

The colonnaded street is lined with both Ionic and Corinthian columns.

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