Among the Ruins of Izmir

We left cold Istanbul and came south for an early taste of Spring.  The first two days, we stayed near the city center and explored both old and new.  Over three thousand years, Izmir saw the Hittite civilization, the Greek expansion, the Roman occupation, the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Golden Age, and the Turkish Republic.  Of these, the oldest ruins that are readily viewable come from the Roman Period. My photos capture some of the spirit, but they do not come close to the magnificence of the experience.

Agora of Izmir, Market and original city center.

Agora of Izmir, Market and original city center.


We moved to an apartment across the bay.  From there we took a couple of day trips.  One was down to Selcuk.  The original city of Ephesus is found nearby.

Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Celsus Library Detail

Celsus Library Detail

Cats on Alert

Cats on Alert

Celsus Library

Celsus Library

Overlooking the main street and plains.

Overlooking the main street and plains.


It was interesting figuring out how to get to and from the ruins using city bus, metro, train, shuttle bus, and suburban train.  We were lucky with clear skies at the ruins while the city of Izmir had showers all day.  In the quiet recesses of the ruins I tried to imagine how the general merchants and workers lived during the first and second centuries of the Christian Era.  What marks would I have left on the marble stones?

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The journey of a single step begins with ideas of a thousand miles.
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One Response to Among the Ruins of Izmir

  1. The Designated Liar says:

    Wow! Just wow! Love that photo of main street. Reminds me of the Roman Forum. You were treading on the same paving stones that Roman legionnaires trod on centuries ago. If that thought doesn’t leave a person awestruck, then he does’nt appreciate his own humanity enough.

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