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Ruins near Ephesus.

Ruins of the beautiful ancient city of Ephesus in southwest Turkey, of the second millennia BC.

           

The city is believed to be about 15% excavated.

           

The city had drainage as these clay pipes attest to

           

This small theatre was in the upper part of the city, near the palace.

                               

                These small flat stones cover a drain.

           

Columns and arches abound.

           

This city was one of only three known to be lighted at night.
In the evening, torches were set into small square holes in the main street.

           

Walls are still solid and artwork still beautiful.

           

There has been some reconstruction and excavation is continuous.

                       

Public toilets.      The famous library. Arches on right lead to the agora.      Beautiful artwork.

                           

These big arches by the library lead to the agora or area of small shops in the center and right.

           

The theatre in the lower part of the city.

                           

A broad street.       This column appears ready to tumble.     This theatre seats 12,000.

       

The huge temple of Athena of which only one column survives.