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We have finally made it back to the western side of Turkey and Ephesus the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, if not all Europe. A huge city of 250,000 it was wealthy by means of its position as a port and the Temple of Artemis which attracted wealth and devotees.  By the 6th century Ephesus was in decline as the port had silted up and malarial swamps were forming. Only 18% of the city has been unearthed with amazing murals, sculptures, mosaics, stone carving and buildings.

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