By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Like nearly all of the country, Turkey’s west coast has been a crossroads from the dawn of time.
To the South by land is the Middle East: Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia. To the East is Asia: Iran, Afghanistan, China, Russia. A tough neighborhood.
The Silk Road reached Ephesus, nearby to Kusadasi, as early as 475 B.C., during the time of Herodotus.
The Persian Royal Road ran some 2,857 kilometers from the city of Susa to the port of Smyrna (modern İzmir in Turkey) on the Aegean Sea.
The Roman Empire took possession of the coast in the 2nd century BC, and into the early years of Christianity.
Saint John the Evangelist came to the area, and according to some threads of Roman Catholic sacred tradition, so too did the Virgin Mary.
Today, to walk the main avenue of Ephesus is one of the best ways to experience time travel anywhere on the planet.
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