Did You Know?

Here are some surprising ''did you know'' facts about Ephesus;

Did you know the public toilets in Ephesus were arranged side by side with no partition between them?

Did you know before the rich people used the toilets their slaves sat and heated toilets’ stones for their masters?

Did you know the ancient Romans knew the true shape of the world even back in the 1st century AD? It can be understood from the round shape on which one foot of Emperor Trajan is resting, symbolizing his rule of the world.

Did you know the Celsus Library in Ephesus was the third largest library with the capacity of 12,000 scrolls after the Alexandra and Pergamum Libraries?

Did you know Heraclitus, famous ancient philosopher was born in Ephesus. He said the famous quotation  "No man ever steps in the same river twice", and panta rhei ("everything flows").''

Did you know the first church dedicated to Virgin Mary is in Ephesus?

Did you know Ephesus which was once a seaport is now 6 miles away from the sea?

Did you know Ancient City of Ephesus was built 4 times in the history and the Ephesus we walk around today is the 3th one?

Did you know that The Virgin Mary lived last years of her life in Turkey, in a small cottage near Ephesus?

Did you know The Virgin Mary’s house in Ephesus is visited by Pope the 6th Paul and Pope Jean Paul as well?

Did you know The Third Ecumenical Council convened in the Church of the Virgin Mary? The same church is also known as one of the seven churches of the Apocalypse?

Did you know one of the seven wonders of antiquity, the Temple of Artemis, is at Ephesus?

Did you know one of the seven wonders of the world is believed to be rebuilt 7 times?

Did you know one of the Seven Churches (congregation in the first century AD) of Revelation was in Ephesus? (Revelation 2:1-7)

Did you know St. Paul the Apostle was born in Tarsus, in southeast Turkey, and gave lectures in the Tyrannus Hall and the synagogue in Ephesus for two years in his third missionary journey? (Acts 19:8,9)

Did you know that the columns of Artemis were 30 meters high?

Did you know Artemis Temple covers an area of 125meters by 60meters, as big as a soccer field?

Did you know the first advertisement of antiquity, which shows the way to the brothel, is on Marbel Street in Ephesus?

Did you know that The Marble Street is 800 meters long and Curetes Street is 1km long?

Did you know The Grand Theatre in Ephesus has a seating capacity of 24000 and a high of 38meters?

Did you know that 7 Christians who fled Ephesus are believed to have slept in a cave near Ephesus for 200 years?

Did you know Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely soak in the atmosphere of Roman times?

Did you know that Christians would identify themselves to one another with the sign of the fish which is iktus in Greek and Christians used the sign of the fish as a shorthand for a phrase in which each word represented one letter of iktus ‘Jesus Christ God's Son Savior’?

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