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Stray cats seem to have established their own kingdom in the Ancient City of Ephesus. Cats of Ephesus, which have always been the guardians of Ephesus, which is visited by millions of tourists in Turkey and famous around the whole world, attract as much attention as the ancient structures.
An Ephesian cat group is stationed at the lower entrance gate and another one is at the upper gate. Cats of Ephesus take turns showing themselves to tourists as they pass through the turnstile. All they want is love and petting, if possible, from the chin and cheeks.
The staff of the Ancient City of Ephesus treats them with love, they always have fresh food and water, and they even go through health checks from time to time. The food and water needs of the cats are met by the officials and animal lovers in the ancient city. Some staff voluntarily leave food for them. Volunteers of some animal care foundations also bring food, especially during the wintertime. Noticing the cats, tourists also give them food too. While visiting the ancient city, it is often possible to see cat food among ancient artifacts.
There is a group of posers around Celsus Library and Hadrian’s Temple. They lie on the stones and columns like a sphinx and change pose as you press the shutter button just like a supermodel! The mothers and the kittens act like they are responsible for the security of the ancient city while following the security guards who give them food and show love.
Cats roaming freely among the nearly 3,000-year-old artifacts rest in the shade of those historical ruins in summer and are protected from the cold in houses built for them in winter. It is not known when the cats came to the Ancient City of Ephesus, but it is good that they did. They don’t harm anyone and indeed they spread happiness. ❤️😹
The Cats of Ephesus Book
The cats of Ephesus, which attracted great attention, appeared in the book called “Cats of Ephesus”. This book was printed in Turkish, German, and English. Cats of Ephesus book was written by the Austrian scientist Sabine Ladstätter. She is the head of the Ephesus excavations, as well as the winner of the best scientist award in Austria in 2011. Ladstätter took with her photographer Lois Lammerhuber and Ephesus excavations photographer Niki Gail. You can find the link to buy this book and many more books of Sabine Ladstätter on Amazon.
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