View of what once was the Aegean Sea (June 2005).
"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent."
Apparently Ephesus did not repent, for while it was originally a port city on the Aegean Sea, a local river dumped so much silt that it moved Ephesus four or five miles away from the sea! Thus it no longer was an important city (it had been the two largest city in Asia Minor) and basically died off. The above photo, taken from the old essentially seaside edge of ancient Ephesus, gives some idea of how far its lampstand was moved from its pace!
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