DAY 6 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14: KUSADASI, PATMOS
Today after breakfast, we disembarked at the Turkish port city of Kusadasi. It would be another spectacular weather day, with full sun and highs once again in the 70s. This would be a day of reflecting upon the ministry of not only Paul (in Ephesus) but also John (on Patmos).
We loaded on our bus and drove directly to one of the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey – Ephesus! Our local guide who showed us this massive ancient city was “Oz.” Arriving at this city where Paul would spend about three years, we saw so many impressive ruins. These included the Agora, the Library of Celsus, statutes of Nike and other gods, a public lutrine, and the theater. In the theater we read from Acts 19, a story that took place right where we sat.
We also enjoyed a time of worship in the theater as well. On our way back to Kusadasi, we stopped at a Turkish carpet shop and store. It was very interesting to see how silk is spun and how carpets are made. In Kusadasi, we enjoyed some free time to explore, shop, or connect to the internet. The Turkish people are very kind and hospitable.
We boarded back on to the ship shortly after noon and enjoyed lunch on board as we began to sail again. Sailing west, we arrived on the island of Patmos. This is where John received his vision to write the Book of Revelation. Although there is not much to see here (other than the traditional “Grotto” and cave where John was bound, the beauty of the island was remarkable. We also visited St. John’s Monastery. Located further up on the hill, the view was spectacular from here! Upon returning, we once again enjoyed dinner together on our own before retiring for the night.