My favourite archaeological ruins I visited during my visit to Turkey in September 2013 were those of ancient Ephesus, near the town of Selçuk.
A Greek town which flourished over the centuries, eventually becoming one of the most important cities under the Roman Empire, Ephesus has reminders of the many cultures that have inhabited it over the years.
As the home of one of the original 7 World Wonders (The Temple of Artemis, which is now completely destroyed save for a single standing column in a site nearby), Ephesus has been on the radar of the world for centuries.
Today, Ephesus is mostly recognized for well-preserved Roman ruins dating back to the 1st Century BC, including the remains of the two-story Celsus Library which at its peak held up to 12,000 scrolls, and the large theatre-turned-gladiator arena capable of holding 25,000 spectators.
A stroll down Curetes Street, Ephesus’ main road which crosses right through the city from the Hercules Gate entrance all the way to the Celcus Library is enough to take your breath away. The street was once lined with grand mansions and decorated with statues, and the remains of these (both the mansions and the statues) still remain. The ancient city is also full with the ruins of temples, brothels, bathhouses and homes, but some of the structures, such as the Trajan Fountain and the Hadrian Archway, are the most impressive.
But enough talk, here are some of my favourite photos of my visit to Ephesus.