Thursday, August 4, 2011

Touring Turkey - Ephesus, Part 2

I hope you enjoyed the first post about our visit to Ephesus. Our time at Ephesus was not over, and we still had a few major sites to see amongst the ruins.

Behold, the Grand Theater......

This theater can hold up to 25,000 people. It's huge!! This isn't just any old theater, either. For those of you who are a little familiar with the Bible, this theater was the scene of an early incident mentioned in the Bible between early Christians and the residents of Ephesus. I'll tell you a little more about it in this video.

By the way, I'm squinting a lot because I had to look straight into the sun to film this. I just bought real sunglasses last month. I kid you not. I also say "Um" too much. :(

EphesusTheater from TAOTerri on Vimeo.

If you want to look up this story in the Bible, check out Acts 19. It starts to get good at Verse 23.

Here's the lady I mentioned in the video. The Grand Theater has some pretty great acoustics.

If you wanna check out the acoustics, watch this.
You can hear me and Husband J cheering at the end. I was saying "Merci!" because our songstress was part of a group of French tourists.

After passing by some more evidence of Ephesus' former glory, we knew we had to see one last thing.

Arcadian Street. Imagine a really nice open-air mall. Perhaps Ephesus' Rodeo Drive?

On the very edge of the Ephesus site is the Church of Mary. It was built as a church to commemorate the Council of Ephesus, a religious conference to discuss Christian doctrine. The organizers built a basilica in Mary's honor. Many believe that Mary, Jesus' mother, spent many of her last years here in the Ephesus area under the care of John the Apostle. (Remember him?) You can actually visit a house right outside of Ephesus that many think was her actual home.

Church of Mary

If you are thinking about going to Turkey, you must include Ephesus on your trip.

So THAT'S ALL, FOLKS! That was our trip to Turkey. I'll write a hotel review or two more, but this will be the last Turkey post for awhile. I hope you enjoyed learning about this fascinating and beautiful country.


Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Wow, that amphitheater is huge! Is it true that they are built in such a way that you can whisper on the floor and people at the highest row can hear you? I heard that once...

melinda said...

I love how you incorporated videos! It's so fun to hear you tell the story and then have the rest of the pictures and commentary as well.

Kristin ~ Bien Living Design said...

We are planning to go to Turkey next year, so I really enjoyed these posts :)


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