Ephesus was one of the most influential and important cities of the ancient Greek and Roman world. At its peak in the first century B.C. it had more than 250,000 inhabitants. It’s home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The city also features prominently in the Bible: the apostles Paul and John each wrote a letter to the church there, and the Gospel of John and 1 Corinthians were likely written there. The city has gone through dramatic rises and declines throughout the last few millennia, and today it is a prominent tourist attraction in northern Turkey, in the Izmir Province.
I am very excited for this particular part of the trip, as I have always been a fan of exploring ancient ruins. The rich cultural and Biblical history of the city fascinates me, and I look forward to personally experiencing Ephesus. -Addison