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The large stadium or hippodrome of Ephesus was at first created in the third century BC and continuing to be used, for slightly completely different requirements, even after the rise of Christianity.
The stadium has been dated by an inscription to the leadership of Nero (54-68 AD). But the Roman stadium almost certainly replaced an earlier structure built throughout the rule of Hellenistic king Lysimachus (3rd century BC).
Ephesus’ stadium was well-taken care of over the centuries and even received a major restoring in the 4th century. Gladiatorial and animal fights fell out of favor with the rise of Christianity, but athletic games continuing here well into the Byzantine period of time.
When Ephesus was generally abandoned in the 7th century, much of the arena was dismantled and its stone added to the fortifications on Ayasuluk hill.
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The stadium was shaped like a long ‘U’ and measured 229m by 28m. The spectactors’ seats on the south side were cut from the side of Mt. Pion, while those on the north side rested on vaults.
The stadium narrowed in the center, allowing the eastern section to be turned into an arena for the more gory spectacles of gladiators and animal combats. Wild animals were kept in small rooms neighborhood.
The principal entrance to the stadium was through a well-preserved breathtaking gate on the west side.
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It is well acknowledged that there was a substantive Jewish community in ancient Ephesus, but no synagogue has yet been located with any confidence.
A basilica-like building north of the Theater Gymnasium is a possible candidate for the synagogue, based on a Jewish lamp observed here (which is the exclusively lamp based in the building).
One more clue is an inscription in the nearby Church of Mary, which usually means there was a synagogue in Ephesus and may indicate one in the immediate vicinity. A glass wine bottle with a 7-branched candlestick was discovered in the cathedral.
- Did you know Ephesus is considered one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey?
- Did you know that the toilets in Ephesus were going from side to side without separation between them?
- Did you know that before that rich people use the toilets their slaves sat and heated stone basins’ by their masters?
- Did you know that the ancient Romans knew the true shape of the world, even in the 1st century AD? Can be understood from the round in which a foot of Emperor Trajan at rest, symbolized his mastery of the world.
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- Celso LibraryDid know the Library of Celsus in Ephesus was the third largest library with capacity of 12,000 rolls after Alexandra and Pergamum?
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- Did you know that Ephesus was once a sea port is now 6 miles from the sea?
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- Did you know that the Virgin Mary lived her last years of his life in Turkey, here in a small country house near Ephesus?
- Did you know that the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus is visited by Pope Paul 6, and Pope John Paul too?
- Did you know that the Third Ecumenical Council met at the Church of the Virgin Mary? The church itself is also known as one of the seven churches of Revelation?
- Did you know that one of the seven wonders of antiquity, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is?
- Did you know that one of the seven wonders of the world is believed to be rebuilt seven times?
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- Did you know St. Paul the Apostle was born in Tarsus, in southeastern Turkey, he lectured in the Hall of Tyrannus and the synagogue in Ephesus for two years on his third missionary journey? (Acts 19:8,9)
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- Did you know Artemis Temple covers an area of 125meters by 60meters, as big as a football field?
- Did you know that the first announcement of antiquity, who shows the way to the brothel, the street is in Marbel in Ephesus?
- Did you know that the Marble Street is 800 meters long and Curetes the street is 1 km long?
- Did you know that the Great Theater of Ephesus has a capacity of 24,000 and a maximum of 38meters?
- Did you know seven Christians who fled Ephesus is believed to have stayed in a cave near Ephesus for 200 years?
- Did you Ephesus is the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean and among the best places in the world allows one to really enjoy the atmosphere of Roman times?
- Did you know that Christians identify themselves with the sign of the fish Iktus in Greek and Christians used the fish sign as an abbreviation of a phrase where each word represents a letter of Iktus “Jesus Christ God Son Savior?