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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Thurs 13. [13 March 1902] Fine but cold. Mr VL [Van Lennep] and I
went to Ephesus. M. v. Heemstra drove us to the station. We had an
amusing journey travelling with an American Cath. bishop 2
Americans, priests perhaps, and a young Englishman. Arrived, we
walked up to the Seljuk fort where there is not much to see, and down
to the most lovely mosque, a beautiful example of elaborate Seljuk
work. The big columns taken from Greek buildings are splendid;
there are remains of tiles above the Mehrab. We then walked down
to the theatre where we lunched, the Bp lunching below us. He was
much excited about the Panagia Kapousi, the Virgin's tomb and
house which they are supposed to have discovered on a hill to the S.
The Austrians have excavated since I was here the long road
leading down to the Port (it was lined with columns) and a great deal
more of the Roman Baths. Here there was a lovely bit of frieze,
garlands with rams heads. We returned by the S side of the
Acropolis, St Luke's Tomb and the gymnasium. Sat at Karpouza's
and had coffee and cakes. We had to wait for the goods train onto
which a 3rd class carriage was tacked for us. At Tourbali [Torbali] M.
Edmond de Hochepied got in - an amusing person and a bad lot I
shd say. Arrived at Develi Keui at 6.15 and found M. van Heemstra's
cart waiting for us. I drove Bob up. Dined with the van H.'s and
played Bridge and early to bed.

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