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New foundation for the ancient city of Ephesus
1.       si++
3785 posts
 25 May 2010 Tue 12:25 pm

Three of Turkey´s big companies, Borusan, Eczacıbaşı and Doğuş
Holding, have established a new foundation for the ancient city of
Ephesus. Although excavation works have continued for 150 years, only
15 percent have been uncovered because of financial problems. Culture
and Tourism Minister ErtuGrul Gunay told the Hurriyet that the
Austrian Archaeology Institute had transferred a fund of 600,000 euros
in 2010 for the ancient city. He went on to say, "New excavation areas
have been determined in Ephesus. ...the ministry... protects all
civilizations in this land and supports excavations." Ephesus, located
in Turkey´s Aegean province of Izmir´s Selcuk town, is one of the
biggest cultural and historic sites not only in Turkey but in the
world.
  Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC,
which also made it the second largest city in the world. The city was
famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 CE
by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom.
  Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the
Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It
is also the site of a large gladiators´ graveyard.
  The area was already inhabited 6000 BCE. The importance of the city
as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by
the river lesser Menderes despite repeated dredging during the city´s
history. Today, the harbor is 3 miles inland.
  Two million tourists a year visit Ephesus. The revenue from ticket
sales reaches $27 million a year. The Turkish Culture and Tourism
Ministry is financing the cleaning and security of the region to the
tune of $1.4 million a year but not the excavations. This is the major
reason why only 15 percent of the ancient city has been uncovered
during the 150 years of excavation.
  See more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/
  More on Ephesus is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephesus

2.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 25 May 2010 Tue 04:04 pm

I have visited Ephesus on several of my trips to Turkey and I am always amazed at how much more is escavated every time I go.  If anyone had visited a few years ago and thinks they have seen it all, they are wrong...every year there is something new and wonderful to discover.  

I am sure that the escavations will go on for many, many years to come.   

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