It was 20 years since our previous visit & before the invention of the digital camera so I made good use of it this time; about 170 times, actually!
We arrived fairly early in the morning but it was already busy with other tour groups & those from cruise ships. It’s so large that it’s still possible to hang back, wait & then view the subject of interest though.
It’s an amazing city & a wonderful ‘window on the past’. We never tire of visiting ancient ruins, whatever the country, or re-visiting, as with Ephesus. There is so much to see that it’s a good idea to read up beforehand or buy a good guide book out there.
It gets very hot, so carry water, maybe a hat or parasol. It’s hard to find shade consistently under a tree, or by the ruins, & usually others are trying to enjoy its benefit too. It’s thought that only about 15% has been excavated. Originally a Greek city, it was later a major Roman city &, for many years, was the 2nd largest of the Roman Empire; the 1st being Rome itself. In the 1st century BC its population was around 250,000, which meant it was also the 2nd largest city in the world.
There are numerous cats & kittens; some are a bit pitiful, but tourists & guides feed them.
The terrace houses are a new (chargeable) attraction since our last visit, as is the Virgin Mary’s house, nearby; we recommend visiting both.