When we turn right at the starting point of the Ephesus - Kusadasi road we come to gate of the walls which surround the Basilica built by Justinian. The two sides of the gate stand out and have towers. The upper part of the archway is decorated. First there is a leaf pattern, and them there are grape-gathering Eroses in relief at the upper left. On the right there used to be three scenes representing Achilles' life, but they are now kept at Woodham Abbey, in England. The Gate was called "the Gate of Persecution" by two Frenchmen, Choisseul Gouffier and Chandler, who mistook the representations for something connected with the history of Christianity. Inside the archway and on both sides there are pictures of eight Saints. This gate is beleived to have been built in the sixth or seventh century with material taken from older buildings, particularly from the Stadium of Ephesus.
By Yigitcan KANGUL [YK]