This cat looked as if it was standing guard over the Memmius monument at the ruins of Ephesus near Seljuk, in Anatolia, Turkey. You got the feeling you had to present a ticket to pass.
The Memmius Monument was built in the shape of a four-sided victory crown and was located on the north side of Domitian Square. The pedestal is a bulging local stone and the upper part is of marble. here were four steps leading up to it on all sides. There was an arch on every side and semicircular naves with block figures above them. At the base of each arch was hand carved stone work. Most of the figures were lost. The figures still visible in the monument are of Memmius and his father, Gaius and his grandfather the dictator Sculla. The monument was built in the first century.
It is not clear who founded Ephesus and when, however it’s existence was mentioned in the year 2000 B.C. near the temple of the mother goddess Kybele, later known as Artemis. During the Roman era 190 B.C. Ephesus was the capital of 500 Anatolian towns. Approximately 250,000 people lived in Epsesus, which had many skillful artisans and merchants. Majority of the buildings visible today are from the Roman era. Two Christian figures, St. Paul and St. John lived in Epsesus. St. John wrote the Fourth book of the New Testaments in Ephesus and died there. His tomb is on Ayasuluk Hill. In the 6th century A.D. Emperor Justinian ordered a basilica to be built over the tomb of St. John. St. Mary, mother of Jesus apparently lived in a house on a mountain near Ephesus. A church in her honour was constructed over the original house. In fact, the first formal worship of Christianity and the first church and basilica constructed in honour of St. Mary, arose in Ephesus.