This is supposedly the oldest church in Australia – 1809, which to many overseas people isn’t very old at all. We were settled by the British as a penal colony in only 1788 and this church, built 20 years later, would have been in a very rich agricultural area settled by free men to supply the still new town of Sydney. I don’t think the interior would have looked like this back then at all. I had a week in Sydney recently to catch up with friends and took myself on a four ferry trip crossing the Hawkesbury River four times to finally see an area of outer Sydney I had never been to before, very pleased that I did too.
Essouria was our last city in Morocco, from here we headed back on a long days drive to Casablanca and flights for home. Thoughout the whole two photography tours with World Photo Adventures in Turkey and Morocco I took images of doors, lots and lots of doors. These four are the last (nearly) taken in Essouria. The textures and individuality of all the doors left me stunned at the ingenuity of man with such a simple common place thing.
The Temple of Apollo at Didyma is the second largest temple of the ancient world with only 122 columns compared to the Temple of Artemis near Ephesus with 127 columns. The Temple of Apollo was home to an oracle and in ancient times was never a real town. Today the tourist town presses up against the ruins which are very impressive still. We only had a short time here and again very few tourists were around at gate opening time, so great for photos.
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.