I think you will be pleasantly surprised to hear Turkey has MORE ruins to see than Greece! I know…who knew? Not us!
In 08, we went to Turkey to shoot video & stills for a Ya’lla Tours marketing DVD- later titled “The Footsteps of Paul.” This was going to be a DVD for Ya’lla to hand out to Church groups, etc.
After being to Greece, we were just absolutely blown away as to how much more there was to see in Turkey, in terms of amazing ruins. WOW. If you didn’t know, Turkey used to be Greece, hence, tons of ancient Greek cities and ruins are there (in what is now Turkey).
My favorite site was Ephesus, an ancient Greek city. In the 1st century BC, Ephesus had a population of over 250,000 people (it was the second largest city in the world at the time!) and MANY of its sites are still standing!! There were several amphitheaters, shops, bathrooms!, an absolutely stunning library, temples, and more to see at Ephesus. Seriously amazing.
Here is a picture of the Library in Ephesus- my favorite, favorite, most favoritest ancient ruin everrr:
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