Cruise destination: Izmir

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Surrounded by mountains on three sides, this booming Turkish city is located on a gulf fed by several streams. Despite the fact the city was basically rebuilt from scratch in 1922, there are plenty of fascinating examples of this city's rich culture, including the ancient fortress Kadifekale, Saat Kulesi clock tower, the Agora ancient ruins, and the Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar. Near the port of Izmir, a city worth exploring is ancient Ephasus, a major site of archeological excavation. It was once a Roman provincial capital and trading center and is home to several of Christendom's holiest sites. Visit the Great Theater where St. Paul preached, the ruins of Ephesus' Basilica that cover the tomb of Christ's most beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle, and the House of the Virgin Mary that the Vatican has recognized as her final resting place. Be sure to see as much as you can while in this amazing port of call....

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