200,000 people lived in Ephesus including St. Peter, St. Paul, and the Virgin Mary. (St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians was likely to have been written here). What remains since this time of Christ is truly remarkable to have lasted for so long. The remnants of carvings of the columns, the marble entryways, and details in the stone shows that this must have been truly magnificent when it was a thriving city. It is where St. Peter, St. Paul and the Virgin Mary chose to spend the latter part of their lives. The amphitheatre here seats 25,000! It was so interesting to walk the streets known only to me through reading the Bible.