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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January 28, 2007


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Laura Wesley

Hi Judy,

I just had to take a few minutes to tell you what a fabulous writer you are. Your blogs on the Tucson show made me feel almost like I was there along with you. It was so interesting to read, from a buyers point of view, what is available, how to get there, what times to see certain shows, etc.

BUT, the highlight of the blogs, I must say, was the story and the links to the Munsteiners and more. You absolutely made my morning, day, week . . . with those links. I certainly have a place to go for inspiration when my "design" (I use that term loosely) pages in my brain are drawing nothing but blanks.

I also will look at the stones that you offer us buyers that can't go to the show in a whole different light. I guess the term "du jour" is "thinking outside the box".

Thank you so much for offering it to all of us. I am already making sketches, and am now off to your gem site.

Very sincerely,


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