When curious people in the States (NY-PA-OH) where I had worked in the past ,asked me in different occasions ; ‘What kind of place is this İzmir-Turkey you came from ? .. I used to answer ; Jesus Christ asked apostle St.John ( as his last wish from him ) to bring his beloved mother Mary to Ephesus ( just 60 kilometers from İzmir ) when he was being crucified in Jerusalem — In other words God himself brought his mother to Ephesus to spend rest of her life on earth , St.John established his Church in Ephesus(still standing very old and big brick building with ancient baptismal marble small pool and other structures still standing , it is called St.John’s Church in Ephesus which is build 2000 years ago ) — Heaven on Earth land of Milk and Honey , beautiful weather (
needles to say , in winter never snows in İzmir and no hurricanes or tornados ever seen here ) true homeland of Figs- Grapes and Olives and Apricots and Cherries and excellent biodiversity for millions of years ; on this land called Anatolia . Early people had realized this fact since Neolithic times.. Çatalhöyük , Hattians and Pelasgians and later 12 Ionian colonies by the Mediterranean .
No further explanation ever needed ( what kind of place I came from) after my words above , theological and historical facts have been so clear , as the believers of God ; of course they quickly realized .. How beautiful place this Ephesus/İzmir should be … indeed it really is ..