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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

Wishing Wall

Location: Sultaniye Mahallesi, Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey
A wishing wall can be found near the House of the Virgin Mary where it’s said she spent the last days of her earthly life. According to tradition, you tie a piece of your cloth for every wish you make and when the wish is granted you come back and untie the cloth.

Popular among Catholic and Muslim devotees, the House of Mary sits on top of Mt. Koressos about five miles from the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. It was discovered in 1881 based on the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), a Bavarian nun who was beatified on October 3, 2004 by Pope John Paul II.

Although several Popes had visited it in the past, the Roman Catholic Church has never officially declared its authenticity as the house of the Virgin Mary and Mother of Jesus.

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March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am 4 comments

Wordless Wednesday: House of the Virgin Mary

House of the Virgin Mary
Location: Selçuk, Izmir, Turkey

February 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm 10 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

location: ephesus, anatolia, now part of selçuk, turkey
ISIS militants toppling and smashing ancient statues and carvings are in the news lately. Their wanton disregard for humanity’s cultural heritage is beyond comprehension.

It’s déjà vu all over again. History has a way of repeating itself.

They aren’t the first and they won’t be the last either.

Above is a photo of a head of Apollo that I took in Ephesus, Turkey. Like many of the ancient statues on exhibit at various museums in Europe, it shows signs of defilement.

When I was in Varna, Bulgaria, I expressed my dismay to a local history professor and asked him who could possibly be responsible for the destruction of these artifacts that are at least a thousand of years old. His response came as a surprise. He said it was the early Christians who considered them sacrilegious.

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May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm 12 comments

wordless wednesday: ancient library of celsus

library of celsus
location: ephesus, anatolia, now part of selçuk, turkey

May 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm 24 comments

From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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