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Old April 22nd, 2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2012 in WESTERN TURKEY (Canakkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus)

I spent almost 2 weeks in Turkey last fall to enjoy a bit of history and breezy autumn weather. I was not disappointed. The bus rides were long but it was worth the trip. Not a drop of rain fell during my entire stay and I was happy to be sunburned under blue skies. Turkey is indeed a remarkable place.

Canakkale sits at the narrowest part of the Dardanelles. It has a lovely waterfront, which includes a prop from the movie "Troy". The town's name means "pottery castle", reflecting its past role as a major ceramics production centre.























Further south, Kusadasi is a popular Aegean cruise port.









Today's ruined Ephesus dates from the 4th century BC. Although landlocked now, it was a major Aegean port during Roman times, and what is left today shows just how prosperous the city was in those days. Expecting a major rush from the cruise ships, we arrived bright and early, only to find plenty of others who devised the same strategy.













The downward-sloping main thoroughfare, Curetes Street, has plenty of ruins lined on both sides.













The Temple of Hadrian was built to honour a visit by the emperor in AD 123.















The wealthy resided along the hillsides on the left side of the street.



These ancient toilets were shared, presumably used by many at the same time to relieve themselves and discuss everyday affairs. The seats and gutters looked a bit too clean though.







The Library of Celsus sat at the bottom of Curetes Street. Completed in AD 117, only the facade remains today.









The cruise crowd started to add up as they descended down Curetes Street.



Next to the library, the marketplace, or Agora, is evident from the huge open space.

























To get a sense of the theatre's scale, the best spot is to head a few hundred metres out for a wide shot. This part of Ephesus used to be the harbour grand entrance.









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thanks hkskyline for sharing beautiful pictures
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what a great trip you had. I enjoyed looking at your photos specially the ruins in Ephesus.
Quick question: that wooden horse - was that used as props in the movie "Troy" and is that you standing beside it?
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what a great trip you had. I enjoyed looking at your photos specially the ruins in Ephesus.
Quick question: that wooden horse - was that used as props in the movie "Troy" and is that you standing beside it?
Yes, the one in Canakkale one by the waterfront was used in the movie.
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Great, very nice photo-tour from Turkey @hkskyline
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Fantastic!

Western Turkey is one of the best lands in the Mediterranean Sea after(sorry) Italy, and with Greece, Croatia and Provence-Alpes Maritimes-etc

I have no real opinion about Spain yet.
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