Our first stop of the day was at the House of the Virgin Mary. It sits on top of the hill, overlooking the city of Selcuk, also known as ancient Ephesus. Some of the students were able to light a candle and/or wrote a wish which could be placed on the wishing wall.
|House of the Virgin Mary|
|Inside the House of the Virgin Mary|
|Virgin Mary Statue|
We explored Ephesus, one of the largest and most famous sites of the ancient world. Among its numerous monuments, we saw the famous Arcadian street, the Hellenistic theater, the Celsius Library and the magnificent façade of the Hadrian Temple built in the Corinthian order.
|Nike, Goddess of victory|
|Main Road of Ephesus|
We ate lunch at a Rug Shop. This place has over 10,000 rugs. The rugs consisted either of wool, cotton, or silk. A guide showed us how the rugs are made, and some of the students had the opportunity to weave a few threads. Afterwards we were taken to a show room where the employees proceeded to lay out multiple rugs so we could feel them and see the differences in the patterns.
Next we visited the Basilica of St. John. The church dates to the early Christian period, above which one could see the Selcuk castle.
The last monument we visited was the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world.