Friday, January 10, 2014

Kuşdası, the Artemision and Şirince

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis, built and destroyed three times from the 8th to the 4th centuries BC. There's not much left of it today, so here's an image of what it probably once looked like (not my photo - it's a reconstruction in a park in Istanbul):

Close up details of the colonnade from a sign at the site:

And this, sadly, is pretty much all that's left (Basilica of St. John and the Isa Bey Mosque in the background):

Şirince, near Kuşdası, is one of those Greek towns vacated when the Greeks were forcibly repatriated to Greece in 1923; unlike Levissa, the one we saw on the Turquoise Coast, this town was repopulated by the Turks forcibly repatriated from Greece to Turkey.

The ubiquitous (at least this time of year) pomegranates:

No market stall is complete without a cat...or its admirers:

Look at all that empty land! That's how you know this photo of Kuşdası is from 1990, because there's not a scrap of coastline undeveloped now, thanks to the massive cruise ships that bring zillions of tourists here every year to plague sites like Ephesus:
Still, it's a beautiful place, even absent its proximity to Ephesus, as this photo from our hotel room shows:

From the balcony of our hotel room, Kit snapped proof I went swimming, even if I do look a little nonplussed by it all:

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