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Ephesus Ancient Ruins – 2014-10-12

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Mary’s House at Ephesus

We arrived in Ephesus to visit Mary’s House and walk the streets of ancient Ephesus where St Paul preached.

Catholics believe that Mary and St John lived their last days in the hills above Ephesus. Mary allegedly appeared to an invalid to reveal the location of her house at Ephesus. The archeologists unearthed Mary’s House at that location.


Departing ship in Ephesus (Kusadasi port)


At House of the Virgin Mary - outdoor Mass was underway


We went to another chapel for our english Mass


Mary's House in background


No pictures allowed inside Mary's house - here is altar view


Entering Mary's House


Hills around Ephesus


Turkish Lunch provided at Carpet Making Demonstration facility

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Sales Pitch for all sorts of carpets

Ancient Ruins at Ephesus

No one lives in Ephesus today. The area was abandoned because of earthquakes that frequent the area among other reasons.

This has meant the Archeologists have been able to unearth the whole city. The effort has been ongoing for over 100 years. They are about 20% finished. It is an active archeological site.

This was a marvelous place to visit! It was by far the most impressive site we have visited on this trip!

You can see how people shopped, entertained themselves, worshipped and studied. You can walk the marble streets where the horses and chariots roaming. You can see the covered “basilica” walk ways that people used.

There was no evidence of St Paul here and Mary for that matter. Ephesus was a huge pagan city until the time of Constantine. However, you can imagine St Paul preaching here and the lack of reception among the shop keepers as described in scripture.

The water delivery system under the streets was really impressive. The human waste removal system in evidence resembled our own!


Ephesus Ancient Ruins

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Istanbul, Turkey – 2nd Day 10/11/2014

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Last day in Istanbul, Turkey  10/11/2014

We went to the largest Catholic Church is Istanbul for morning Mass.  It is a Basilica – St. Anthony of Padua. This church was indeed beautiful. Pope John XXIII was known in Turkey as Turkey’s Pope since he had served many years as the pastor of this church in Istanbul. So some reason, our bus did not pick us up right away to take us to the Chorea Museum. This meant that we dropped going to the spice museum.

 Basilica – St. Anthony of Padua

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Chorea Museum


After Mass we headed to Chora Museum


Street shops had sections devoted to wedding dresses


Chora Museum - Ancient Christian Church with tons of mosiacs

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Leaving Istanbul

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Fishing on bridge near our ship on left

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tugs escorted our ship out of harbour

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Heading back to ship for 1 PM departure from Istanbul


Ruins were seen along our way

Istanbul, Turkey – 1st day 10/10/2014

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Our first day in Istanbul, Turkey was a full tour day. There were long lines everywhere we went.

We visited the Topkapi Imperial Palace, Hagia Sophia Church Museum, The Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

We had a Turkish lunch together before going to the Blue Mosque. This was a very tiring day and the stop for lunch was refreshing.

Topkapi Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace was changed into a museum. There was no sense of what the palace might have been like be there. There was an immense display of royal jewelry. The extensive grounds were impressive.


Arrival In Istanbul, Turkey


Waiting in line at Topkapi Imperial Palace

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Sophia Museum

The Sophia Church Museum is no longer used for religious services. The original Christian church goes back to 3rd century. It was destroyed and restored a number of times. It is filled with man, many mosaic paintings.


Headed out to Haggie Sophia

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Sophia Museum Entrance

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Milly enters second floor of Sophia Church Museum

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 The Blue Mosque

We had to wait in long lines to get into the Blue Mosque. There were services in the morning that excluded visitors so all the tourists seemed to show up at the same time. The women had to cover their heads so there were many vendors selling scarves although the mosque provided Milly with a head covering scarf.


We had a great turkish lunch here


Headed out to Blue Mosque

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Waiting in long lines


Milly dawns required headress

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Ancient Cistern below streets

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The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar was truly an immense collection of covered “streets” of shops that seemed to fan out in all direction. There seem to be everything imaginable for sale.

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Entering the Grand Bazzar