I recently visited Ephesus, Turkey, which is an entire city of ancient Roman ruins. And cats.

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The cats are everywhere, and unlike many felines who live in the wild, the cats at Ephesus are super friendly.

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Many of the cats have bright gold eyes, like this guy who jumped into my lap when I was taking a picture:

 

Ephesus is famous as the home of the Ephesians, of New Testament fame.

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And here is a gif of a cat.

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This cat spends her free time in Ephesus’ main square.

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This cat was looking into an ancient foundation when he met with Tripping Over The World.

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This cat had just finished a visit to the library when we crossed paths:

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Here is Amphitheater Cat:

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And Green Eyed Cat:

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Kitten cats:

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Yoga Cat:

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Cat:

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This cat preferred not to give his name:

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This cat gave Ephesus a four out of five on Yelp.

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This guy was feeding the cats and, though there was a bit of a language barrier, he told me there were 50 cats “here.” It was unclear if “here” meant in his immediate vicinity, or at Ephesus generally.

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— Jim Dalrymple II

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Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Editor in Chief of Tripping Over the World. Also, reporter at BuzzFeed News.

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