|Ephesus as conceived by an artist, seen from the city's amphitheater, where Paul was nearly run out of town by a mob for his preaching.
|Ephesus as seen today from the same amphitheater. Notice the absence of the harbor, one of the chief reason for the city's decline.
|The Temple Artemis is at top-right.
The harbor is at the lower-left.
|The white triangle at bottom-center is metal canopy covering a privately funded archaeological dig to uncover the "terrace" houses built by wealthy Ephesians during the Roman era.
|The "main drag" down through a street
lined with ruins leading to the Celsus
|Built into a hillside, the structure is about two rooms deep and was originally two stories tall. The design suggests that by the second century, Roman architecture was becoming quite visually complex--almost Baroque.
|The Preaching of St. Paul at
Ephesus, 1649, Eustache Le Sueur
|Burned once, damaged and rebuilt numerous times, the Temple of Artemis is something of an anticlimax. Today only a single, reconstructed column remains, serving as a glorious base for a pelican bird nest.
|Artemis was the goddess
associated with fertility and
the newborn. Her worshippers
apparently had a breast fetish.
|The Temple of Artemis (in red) was almost twice the size of
Athens' Greek Parthenon (in black).
|The ruined interior of the Jewish Synagogue
at Ephesus. Was Paul a "guest speaker" here?