We arrived in the port of Kuşadasi (only stop we had in Turkey) just as the sun was rising on what promised to be another day of adventure. First to visit the house where the Virgin Mary once lived, then to the historical site of Ephesus followed by silk rug weaving in the town.
The Port of Kuşadasi
It was a glorious entry to this port, as the sun rose over the hills behind the town. Kuşadasi is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The city is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year.
Virgin Mary’s House
The belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that she had died there, focused attention on a nun named Anna Katherina Emmerich who had livid in the late 18th century (1774-1820). The efforts to find the house were greatly influenced by her detailed description of the Virgin Mary’s coming to Ephesus, her life and her last home there and the characteristics of the city although she had never been to Ephesus. (read more on Wikipedia). Outside of the house there is a wall where people ties prayer messages. It is totally full of small paper prayers.
The Ruins of Ephesus
The ancient Greek city of Ephesus was famous for its Temple of Artemis (near present-day Selçuk), which was recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After a messy period of conquest and reconquest and after the population was moved from Selçuk to the the present site, Ephesus became a Roman city in 133 BC. The restoration of this historical site is expected to take at least another 50 years! It was a massive site and worth the visit.
On the return trip to Kuşadasi we stopped off to check out Basilica of Saint John and Ayasuluk Fortress; built around the year 500AD. The site is really great and the views are brilliant.
Silk Rug Making in Kuşadasi
The tour of Kuşadasi we took also took us to a shop where the owner presented us with a talk on the ancient art of silk rug making which apparently started in this area centuries ago. He told us that his business was now the only one who still produces silk woven rugs. An average size rug (1.2m x 2.4m) would take approximately 28 days to complete. We spoke to another person who attended a similar presentation in another store who heard the same tale (LOL).
Leaving Kuşadasi we were treated to beautiful views of the town and then a glorious sunset