Sunday, May 20, 2012

Selcuk (Turkey) - Ephesus Museum - Efes Müzesi (Part 1 of 2)

5/20/2012 We were now able to walk through the Ephesus Museum (Efes Müzesi).  This museum contains the antiquities found while excavating and restoring the city of Ephesus.

Our tour guide armed us with little devices that would allow us to hear him as he gave us the info on the museum.
This roman sarcophagus was sitting outside. You could walk up to it and check it out.
Fine detail on the side.
Across the street was a little snack stand. I hope that we have time to stop when we leave.

This was a nice exterior and symbol.
The floor was tiled.
This is the ticket desk. Our tour guide went to get the tickets for us. Nice guy.
This is one of the first statues to greet us. The name is Priapos, from 2nd Century AD.  I had to look up this name, because there is a lot showing here.  Priapos is from Greek mythology.  He was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Want more info? Google or go to wikipedia.  Quite interesting. Wonder who came up with this idea?
This photo shows how one of the statues was found, buried.
These were some of the heads that survived.
Menandros 4th Century AD - Wikipedia says that Menandros of Ephesus wrote a history of Tyre, Lebanon.
Beautiful floor mosaics.
Close up of the floor mosaics.
This shows portions of walls that were recovered.

More floor mosaics.
The stone floor inside the museum.
This is a popular exhibitionist, Bes, or Priapus.  Not very attractive but attracts a lot of attention.  (You can buy souvenirs of this!)  Found near a well at the brothel facing the library.
A statue of a woman, draped in cloth.
A nice center patio.
This is a close-up of one of the columns.
The signs are also in English.

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