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Ephesus in Selçuk District, İzmir, Turkey — Aegean Region (Coastal)
 

Processional Way

 
 
Processional Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 29, 2011
1. Processional Way Marker
Inscription.
Dini Alay Yolu [text in Turkish…]

Processional Way [text in English]
Annual festivals named ‘Artemisia’ or ‘Ephesia’ in antiquity were undertaken in honour of Artemis, the city goddess of Ephesos. The festivities, which lasted for several days, were framed by sportive and musical competitions, although the focus was the procession accompanied by sacrifices. The procession, in which a festively adorned and bedecked cult figure of Artemis was carried, also served as a visit of the goddess to the city, since her temple (the Artemision) lay outside the city. The procession proceeded from the Artemision to the Magnesian Gate, and passed the ‘State Agora’ via the Curetes Street towards the Great Theatre. From there it followed the Theatre Street, leaving the city via the Colonnaded Street between the Stadium and Vedius Gymnasium, before returning to the Artemision.

Der Prozessionsweg [text in German…]
 
Erected by T.C. Kültür Ve Turizm Bakanliği and Osterrichisches Archaologisthes Insitut, Gradung Ephesos.
 
Location. 37° 56.173′ N, 27° 20.711′ E. Marker is in Ephesus, İzmir, in Selçuk District. Marker is on Efes Harabelari/Culetes Street
Processional Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
2. Processional Way Marker
east of Marble Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is within the restored Ephesus Archaeological Site, north of the entrance off Meryem Ana Yolu. Marker is in this post office area: Ephesus, İzmir 35920, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The 'State Agora' (a few steps from this marker in İzmir Province); The Bouleuterion (within shouting distance of this marker in İzmir Province); The 'Rhodian Peristyle' and The Prytaneum (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line in Izmir Province); Hydrekdocheion (about 150 meters away in Izmir Province); The Inscriptions Museum (about 180 meters away in Izmir Province); Pollio Monument and Fountain of Domitian (about 180 meters away in Izmir Province); The Temple of Domitian (about 210 meters away in Izmir Province); The Memmius Monument (about 210 meters away in Izmir Province).
 
More about this marker. On the right is a map showing the Processional route from the Aetemision to the city and back and a photo of an ancient statue of Artemis/Diana.
 
Also see . . .  Ephesian Artemis. Wikipedia (Submitted on July 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords.
The State Agora (political center) on the hillside along the Processional Way image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
3. The State Agora (political center) on the hillside along the Processional Way
Cult of Artemis; Temple of Artemis
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesRoads & Vehicles
 
A procession of tourists near the marker on the Culetes Street image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 22, 2011
4. A procession of tourists near the marker on the Culetes Street
The Artemis Temple site in <i>Efes/</i>Selçuk, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 20, 2011
5. The Artemis Temple site in Efes/Selçuk, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- a single, re-constructed pillar is all that remains to mark the start and finish of the 1st century Processional Way.
The goddess Artemis image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 20, 2011
6. The goddess Artemis
- cult figure statuette (125-175 A.D.) on display at the Ephesus Museum in Selçuk.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 723 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 6, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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