Mosaics of Ephesus

  • Terrace House Mosaic 12
    I didn't know much about the ancient city of Ephesus in Turkey, but once I visited there, I came away feeling awestruck. This sprawling city dates back nearly three thousand years, and once the waters of the eastern Mediterranean lapped its shores. Only ten percent of it has been excavated so far. Yet even that is impressive: Broad cobblestone-paved streets are lined with the ruins of monuments, temples, shops, and houses, many of which had indoor plumbing. An ornately-decorated library is bordered by a red-light district, and a huge amphitheater once heard the voice of St. Paul's preaching. Antony and Cleopatra honeymooned here, and St. John and Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived nearby. Most impressive were the terrace houses, probably built in the 2nd century A.D. to house wealthy Roman merchants. I took these photos of the beautiful mosaic floors inside the houses, whose patterns are fresh and lively. Perhaps they will inspire your designs!
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December 25, 2006

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Marty Cusack

Judy - Just a note to thank you for talking about The Morton Arboretum on your blog. We're always glad that people can find joy, inspiration and enlightenment among our 1,700 acres featuring almost 3,900 types of trees, shrubs and other woody plants. I hope you continue to visit us and give us feedback on your experiences here. We also urge all your readers to come out and experience nature here and to let us know about their experiences and what we can do to help everyone connect with Nature.

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marty cusack

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