The Keepers of Ephesus

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Enjoying the sun on the warm marble column.

This past Thanksgiving we traveled to Istanbul, Turkey with our family. From Istanbul, we took a day trip to Ephesus, Turkey. To get to Ephesus we took a 50-minute plane ride from Istanbul to Izmir, and from there we drove by car for 45 minutes to the ancient Greek/Roman city of Ephesus located on the western coast of Turkey. We never imagined Ephesus would be so striking. The ruins of the city were spectacular.

Keeper of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey (135 A.D.)

Keeper of the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey (135 A.D.)

But what was even more amazing were the stray cats that roamed the ancient city. In typical feline fashion, they strutted around full of confidence acting like ancient gods and goddesses patrolling the marble streets of their Ephesus.

Captivated by the Cats of Ephesus

Captivated by the Cats of Ephesus

Modeling for the Photo

Modeling for the Photo

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Escorting the Tourists

The Life of a King

The Life of a King

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It’s as if though they were reincarnated souls, these keepers of Ephesus.

Watching Over Ephesus

Watching Over Ephesus

There were stray dogs as well living in harmony with the cats. Although I am a huge dog lover and enjoyed some of the strange mutts I saw walking around, it was the cats that captivated my family and me.

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These cats were like statues adorning the city. We noticed that these cats were very well taken care of. We found water and food bowls in many places.

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“Thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy Circle; thou art indeed the Great Cat”. (Inscription on the Royal Tombs at Thebes)

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And so my journey to ancient Ephesus was guided by cats, by gods and goddesses of ancient worlds, beckoning me to their holy place, and imparting their good fortune to all.

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