Before I left Turkey, I decided to venture to ancient Ephesus, a stunningly preserved ancient Greek city. The site is located on Turkey’s Western coast and nearly 300,000 people lived here at its prime. Ephesus’ greatest claim to fame was its temple to the goddess Artemis. As one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is almost four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens.
Today, a few columns are all that remain of the temple. But there is still much to see that evokes the city’s former splendor, such as the three-tiered theatre built into the slope of a hill, once seating 25,000. My friend Helen is a singer so she walked into the centre of the amphitheatre to test its acoustics. As she sang, her voice completely reverberated throughout the stadium, casting over fellow visitors to the site both near and far, just as it would have those thousands of years ago.