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Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey

Saturday’s scene: Going to the Library

Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey

The Library of Celsus is probably the most photographed ruin in Ephesus, Turkey. Constructed between 110 and 135 A.D. by Julius Aquilla in memory of his father, Celsus Polemaeanus, a Roman Senator and Governor of Asia, the elegant building was more than just a library. It was also Celsus Polemaeanus’ tomb, which was located in a sarcophagus beneath the main […]

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Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Turkey

Exploring Ephesus on a Royal Princess Cruise Excursion

Temple of Hadrian in Ephesus, Turkey

Updated 07.01.2016 Standing at the top of the hill in Ephesus, near the Magnesia Gate (south entrance), I look around to see artifacts scattered on the ground as if someone forgot to put the giant pieces of a puzzle together. And considering the numerous earthquakes that have occurred in the area through the centuries, there’s […]

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Saturday’s Scene: Cultures Collide in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Entering Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, I’m a bit confused. Christian and Muslim art are displayed side by side. Is this a cathedral or a mosque like Sultan Ahmed? The answer—now a state museum, the venerable building with a tumultuous history has served in both capacities. Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive […]

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Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Saturday’s scene: looking up in Istanbul

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On a visit to the Blue Mosque—Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name—you’re going to get a neck ache. I guarantee it. How can you not? Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul, Turkey, landmark is practically addictive. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin […]

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