Sunday, June 14, 2015

Day Seven - the Journey to Ephesus

Today we set sail on a private ferry to Turkey. We were greeted by our incredible guide, Nam. 

We then headed to St. John's Basilica in Selcuk near Ephesus. From St. John's we could see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), a crusader castle, and Isa Bey Mosque (the mosque of Jesus). Tradition says that the location of St. John's was the final resting place of the John the Apostle. 

Following this visit, we went to Isa Bey Mosque. This mosque is named after an imam named Jesus. There we learned about Islam and got to experience the beauty of this 14th century building. 

Then lunch! One of the highlights of the trip. Most of what you see on this table are vegetarian dishes. And everyone ate themselves silly!

Finally, we went to the ancient city of Ephesus. This city represents the best preserved ruins from this era - 3rd century AD. Pictures will not do it justice, but I will give it a try. 

Faith is coming alive for us all. Our lives have been forever changed. Thank you for your prayers. We love and miss you. 

Tomorrow we head for Rome and the final leg of our trip. More to come!

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