The first historic place that I
visited in Turkey was
Ephesus. Ephesus was
founded by the Greeks in
about 1000 B.C. It was an
important trading center and
seaport on the Aegean Sea.
In about 550 B.C., Ephesus
became part of the Persian
Empire. In about 330 B.C.,
the city was recaptured by
the Greeks and in about 130
B.C., it became a part of the
Roman Empire.
This is one of the main streets of Ephesus, the Street
of the Curetes
. It is paved with marble blocks.
At one time, Ephesus had a population of about 200,000.
Now, only ruins remain.