- On February 12, 2020
- In Turkey
why was ephesus abandoned
why was Ephesus abandoned?
Sadly, Ephesus died, as you can tell, and was abandoned. The reason was silt build up in the harbor, which eventually reached the point where no ship could reach the city. Without ships, trade died. Without trade, the city died.
The semi-circular white blob in the top middle is a huge amphitheater with astounding acoustics. I know, I’ve walked these ruins. The almost-horizontal white line running from the amphitheater is the road to where the docks used to be. The left end of the road, which seems to stop abruptly, is where the docks would be if silt had not destroyed the harbor.