THE CATS OF EPHESUS STEALING A ROLE

APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE VISIT EPHESUS PER YEAR AND A SURPRISE WHICH CAN’T BE SEEN IN ANY OTHER PARTS IS WAITING FOR THE VISITORS… 

Even the paper has given its place to computer pages however the Egyptians had found papyrus many centuries ago. Later on, a new type called parchment was developed. Legends and poems were written on it and those masterpieces were kept in libraries in the form of rolls. One of the enemies of those places were soldiers who set those places into fire during wars and the other enemy was the rats which find the materials of the books so delicious. The ancient enemy of the rats is the cats as usual….

The cats are still standing watch in front of Celsus
We don’t know how many of cats in Ephesus Celsus Library, one of the most significant three libraries of Ancient Age, sentenced the mice with capital punishment; the thing we know is that the cats are still standing watch in the library which doesn’t have any books any more. Since Ephesus which dates back to 6000 B.C. was completely constructed in marble, it still stands firm with its solemnity today. Such that, you have to sacrifice your whole day’s time to completely visit the city spread on an area of 8 km. Be sure that, however, it is far better worth this. Accompanying of those lovely inhabitants of Ephesus while visit that significant building adds an extra beauty to your visit.

“I have never thought that Turks liked the cats so much”
If you have visited the European cities, you know that it is impossible to see cats or dogs on the streets. You can’t see any remarks of life showing there is life on the streets opposite in Turkey. The cat is an animal which is kept at home and put down (!) if they have no owner and Europeans never break the routine. One of the norms accepted by them is that Turkish people have mean strike. The German tourist expressing that “I have never thought that Turkish people like cats so much” is one of the Europeans employing the similar thoughts. They are interested in the cats more than the sarcophagus, pillars and statues. While the guides are explaining the elegancies of the city, an interfering cat diverts the attention of the whole group or they lose each other while they are trying to take the photos of cats. Even though the cats of Ephesus can’t find any mice to chase off, they have tasks rather than posing to the tourists: protecting the visitors from the famous snakes of Selçuk and scorpions, one of the oldest living creatures of Aegean.

If you can’t imagine those tiny animals which get into different shapes to endear themselves as a hunter, you can ask the security officers of the museum about their chivalry. If you have time, you can ask their names. Because, each cat among tens of them has its own territory. Blonde, napping on the walls of the library, Badem (Almond) which stare at everyone passing by, and Porsuk (The Badger) cleaning itself under the statue in front of the theatre leave their position only when someone calls them for meal or when the tourist guides pour some water into the hollows prepared in the marbles for them to drink water.

“The Cat Rules of Ephesus Ancient Town”
The unmilitary security staffs of Ephesus are in high spirits in the seasons of spring and summer; because, thousands of people visit this city every day. Some of those guests bring something for those hosts; those who are unaware of them hand feed the cats using the edible things in their bags. It is fact that you are aware of their existence now, you take something for present when you go there. However, it is better to send the cat food to the address of Ephesus Historical Site in winter since they are unable to store the food. Let’s remind that this city was conquered by them many years ago; you have to obey “The Cat Rules of Ephesus Ancient Town” to be safe, be caressed and return with the most beautiful photos.