#aegeanodyssey2016 House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Sirincę Köyu, Isabey Mosque and Selçuk Cottage Industry 

Today was a fuuuuuuuuull day for us! We booked a tour of Ephesus with Apasas, under recommendation from Rajab our host at Villa Dreams II (do check them both out, we love them!) 

One of the best things bout our hotel is the breakfast by the fireplace:

  
Sorry no makeup yet hahaa.

 
Deeeeeeeelicious breakfast typical ofnthe Aegean coast. 😍😍😍

With breakfast like this we are ready to conquer the day!!!!

Let me introduce you to Mira:

  
Our guide is Mira, who is an expert in weaving stories together and making everything so interesting! We learn so much from her!

Though we booked a tour of Ephesus, Mira managed to squeeze in so many many side trips on the way. 

1. House of Virgin Mary

  
Actually no one is 100% sure if the Virgin Mary actually lived here or not after the death of Jesus. However, St John did, and they think she would follow him. 

It’s just outside gates of Ephesus. Small place, we went inside where photos are not allowed. The place was found by some people from an American society who were staying in Selçuk, based on a book written about a bedridden and disabled woman’s stigmata/dreams/visions. 

She (a Roman Catholic nun) actually dreamt/had a vision that she met the Virgin Mary there, and she described the house in vivid detail. The guys in Selçuk thought, since they’re there, lets check it out and they found the house in ruins. 

Crazy thing is that she’s from Germany.

It was reconstructed and restored, with details based on the book. 

Now it’s a Christian and Muslim shrine, and people have pilgrimage there all the time. 

There’s also a wishing wall. 

  
Found a sweet wish, to always have rezeki and healthy parents. Amin.

2. Ephesus 

OUR FAVOURITE PLACE!

Ephesus is an ancient Greek city, and recently, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

 

The Gym at Ephesus


It was cold!!! And it’s supposed to be warmer in this part of Turkey 😂 I don’t understand this warm warm business so far everything has been quite freezing.

This is the entrance to Ephesus. Mira told us the story of how the inhabitants learnt that they used to build columns as a whole piece but then during an earthquake, they break and they have to make a new one. 

  

So since disease is rampant back then, before you get to enter the city, u need to go to the gym. Why? To get cleaned up! Haha.

   
   
Plenty of famous Greek gods here. Nike and the swoosh, Hermes at the hospital, Fortuna and crowd favourite, Medusa as well.

   
This was the toilet. Sajuk jua jubur tu. So they actually had slaves to warm up their seats first before they sit there so it will always be warm during winter and cold during summer. 

 
This one is a brothel. According to our guide the ladies in a brothel back then were educated. So they can talk to u about  pretty much anything. Only the rare 99% would be interested in the more obvious sex trade. Hahaha! She’s funny kan!

   
Down to Ephesus we go! This walkway behind me was supposed to be a boutique road where rich people go shopping. 

   
 
Here they do the parliamentary meetings. See the stairs, decorated with lion’s feet, symbolic of power. 

Same like us in Brunei, VIP sits in front, and more common people enter from the back.

  
Then there’s the library, next to the Trade Market! This library is the highlight of Ephesus and we can see why. Photos really do it no justice. It’s actually so huuuuge.

  
Then there’s the Odeon, a concert hall that can hold 25,000 people. 😳 the acoustics were amazing! I can stand on stage and speak normally, and 25,000 people can hear me. 

  
The hangout place for people, or for the ladies from the brothel to wait for sailors to come from the harbour. Me waiting for my sailor haha.

3. Temple of Artemis

 

single column of Temple of artemis, with Isa Bey Mosqu and St John’s Basilica in the distance.

 

Love this photo where 3 religions are featured in 1. Paganism from Temple of Artemis, Islam in Isabey Mosque and Christianity at St John Basilica in the back.

  
Cute ducks hanging out there haha.

4. LUNCH!

   
    
    
    
   
For lunch we had wonderful mezzes and stuff made by the ladies from a carpet weaving school. 

5. Sirinçe Köyu 

This is a shopping village. In this village, there was a man who made all the jewellery for the movie Troy. 

Haha we love him and we bought some jewellery as well. He offers the best price too!  

He also offered us a ride home (I think cause we hang out at his shop too long hahahaha)

 

We got ourselves sultanite rings! It’s green indoors and when outside, it changes colour to pink! Awesome!

  
Bought it as if someone held a gun to me or something hahahahah!

(No worries that’s just an antique and certainly not loaded.)

Also while we were there, it snowed! I have a video! Will upload on Instagram.

  
And we bought rose jam! And pomegranate stroop!

6. Isa Bey Mosque

 

One of the oldest and most impressive mosques in Anatolia.

Lonely man doing his Isya. 

7. Selçuk cottage industry 

We were also brought to places where they show us how they make pottery, carpets all by hand.    

   Pottery. Hrm, interesting I suppose. Hahaha. Difficult to relax when you are surrounded by ceramic and known to be highly accident prone hahaha.
 

Carpet making n the other hand was super interesting- the teachers showed us how they do the carpets from choosing silk cocoons, to weaving it, to eventually looming the carpets.

    

   
These beautiful carpets go from €200 to €100,000 depending on design, labour, etc. They are considered antiques in 10byears and their value appreciate the longer u keep them.

Then there’s Selçuk’s leather industry, where they showed us their latest collection by doing a fashion show hahah.

 Teehee!

Ok I’m so sleepy. Might edit this post with new photos. But it’s 10pm here and omg I can barely keep my eyes open! Good night! 

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