Hunt for Ancient History

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The Archaeology Summer School participants’ next destination was the ancient cities of Ephesus and Assos, and the participants had a chance to examine closely the historical finds and excavation sites in Ephesus in İzmir, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and one of the most importance hubs in the ancient period. The participants had a chance to see the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and they were fascinated to see and learn how the Library of Celsus, one of the most visited places in the ancient city, had been built and how it was designed.

Regarding the trip to Ephesus, one of the most importance hubs in the ancient period, Romanian archaeologist Silviu Edmand Iulian Ene said: “I am impressed with the beauty of the city as I stepped in. I am a Romanian archaeologist specialized in classical archaeology, and visiting this place has always had a special place in my life. I have eventually managed to see one of the most important cities of the ancient world and I am grateful to Yunus Emre Institute for this opportunity. We entered the city through the Gate of Magnesia. First, we visited Odeon, which was a good experience for me. Seeing the beautiful Memnius Monument, we headed for the Library of Celsus. It is the most famous building in the entire city. For me, visiting here was a dream come true. When I stood in its shade, I tried to visualize how people lived there 2000 years ago. Then, we saw the huge amphitheater, used in the Roman era. Its sheer size was impressive. Then, we walked along the harbor street and ended our historical voyage at the north gate for new adventures.”