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Photos from Ephesus

By Mark D. Roberts | Friday, July 20, 2007

On our recent trip to Europe, we had the chance to visit Ephesus, which lies just off the western coast of Turkey. Some of what we saw in Ephesus was truly amazing, such as the theatre in the photo to the right.

Only a few steps from the place where I snapped the photo of the theatre I saw a couple of other signs that gave me a chuckle. One was for a bathroom, or WC as they’re called in Turkey. Yes, the sign does indeed read: “Only 50 cent is enough to feel the magic atmosphere.” No, I did not invest 50 cents on the experience.

The other sign was promoting watches. And not just ordinary watches, but fake watches that looked like Gucci and Rolex. But these were not just ordinary fake watches. The were “Genuine Fake Watches.” I think this sign was meant to be humorous. And, no, I didn’t buy a genuine fake watches, even though the salesmen were in my face (literally). If you visit Ephesus, which I highly recommend, be prepared to be almost rude unless you want to buy lots of genuine fake watches.

I’ll have more to share in a more serious vein about Ephesus. But I though you might enjoy these pictures.

Topics: European Reflections |

2 Responses to “Photos from Ephesus”

  1. Ken Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 11:59 am

    I visited Ephesus in August 1989. Neither the “magic atmosphere” or the watch salesmen were there at that time. Nice to see progress goes on all over. ;)

    The ampitheater is impressive; the one at Bergama (Pergamum) even more so because of its hillside setting and steep slope. I very much liked the partial reconstruction of the Library of Celsus. But what impressed me the most as one quite belatedly and poorly following in the footsteps of Paul was the ruined site of the Temple of Diana. One lonely column had been restored. “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” Yeah, right.

  2. June Palmer Says:
    October 30th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I saw a sign cut into the marble way, It was a circle, with lines across it. I was told it was a hidden christian simbal, but I have forgotten what is was. Is there anyone out there, that can fill me in.
    Thank you.
    I was on a cruise, and I loved Ephesus more than anywhere else we went.


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