Ephesus, Kusadasi, Turkey
Two hundred thousand people lived in Ephesus including St. Peter, St. Paul, and the Virgin Mary, after the death of Jesus Christ. St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was likely to have been written here as well as the Gospel of John. What you learned in church by reading the Bible suddenly comes to life as you make your way down the pathways of the streets of Ephesus.
What remains since this time of Christ is truly remarkable to have lasted for so long. The remnants of carvings of the columns, the marble entryways, and details in the stone shows that this must have been truly magnificent when it was a thriving city. I cannot imagine how these intricate carvings were carved in stone, over 2,000 years ago, that also lasted through to today. The amphitheatre here seats 25,000, with acoustics so good that a person could whisper on the stage, and still be heard from the back row of the theatre.