Ephesus

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometres southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor Constantine the Great rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from Emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Küçükmenderes River.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils (see Council of Ephesus). It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard. The ruins of Ephesus are a favourite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport.

Ephesus Ancient City

Ephesus Ancient City
Some sources say that the city was founded by the Amazons in the 3rd millenium BC. The Amazons were a race of woman warriors who lived in Anatolia. We see the mention of Amazons in the epic of Iliad and Odyssey by Homer. According to Epic of Odyssey, Amazons fought with the Trojans against the Mycenaeans and Spartans in the...
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The House Of Virgin Mary

The House Of Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary’s house was unusually discovered by Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun in the year 1812. Sister Emmerich awoke one day, with visions and stigma that actually included St. John and the Virgin Mary travelling from the place of Jerusalem to the land of Ephesus. She was able to describe it in...
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Pergamon Ancient City

Pergamon Ancient City
Pergamon also known as Pergamum was an ancient city founded by colonists on the Aegean coast of Anatolia at the site of the present day city of Bergama. First inhabitance dates back to 8th century BC. Unlike many cities in the Aegean first inhabitants were not Greeks in this city. In the era following the...
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Sirince Village

Sirince Village
Sirince once was a Greek Orthodox village, 7 Miles away from Ancient city of Ephesus(current Selcuk town) and 20 miles away from Kusadasi. Sirince was once called Cirkince (ugly). The name is especially chosen to dis-attract people to move to the village. First foundation of the village dates back to...
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The Basilica Of Saint John

The Basilica Of Saint John
It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th...
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Sardes Ancient City

Sardes Ancient City
Known biblically as the home of the church that received the fifth of letters to the seven churches in Revelation, Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and one of the greatest cities of the ancient world. Located on the banks of the Pactolus River, Sardis was 60...
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Priene Ancient City

Priene Ancient City
Priene is an ancient Greek city which lies between the popular holiday resorts of Kusadasi and Bodrum. It is one of many important ancient sites in the area and is close to both Miletus and Ephesus. Even though it is a very small city, the real charm of Priene lies in its quiet...
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Miletus Ancient City

Miletus Ancient City
Miletus played an important role in the history of western Anatolia as one of the 12 Ionian Cities of Asia Minor. The ruins of the ancient city are situated 30 km south of Soke near the Maeander (Buyuk Menderes) river and is one of the most attractive sites in Turkey....
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Didyma – Didymaion

Didyma – Didymaion
The Temple of Apollo at Didyma or Didymaion was the fourth largest temple in the ancient Greek world. The temple’s oracle, second in importance only to that at Delphi, played a significant role in the religious and political life of both Miletus and the greater Mediterranean world; many...
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Ephesus Tours

Ephesus Tours
We will pick you up from your hotel around 09:30am and drive to Ephesus Ancient City, one of the biggest excavations in the world. We will visit the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastica, Hadrian and Domitian Temples, impressive library of Celsius. We will then visit The...
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Pergamon & Asclepion Tour

Pergamon & Asclepion Tour
Pergamon or Pergamum was once a very important Greek Ancient city with a population about 70.000 people which makes the ancient city as big as Ephesus Ancient City. Pergamon existed at least from the 5th century BC, but it became important after 3rd century BC with the administration of Attalid Dynasty. We will...
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Daily Priene – Miletus – Didyma Tour

Daily Priene – Miletus – Didyma Tour
The tour will start at 09:30 from your hotel. We will first depart for Priene, the first grid-system planned city of the Ancient World, built on a hillside. Visit the Theater, the Temple of Athena, the Bouleterium, the Agora, and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele. Right after...
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Semi-private Ephesus Tour

Semi-private Ephesus Tour
Duration: 7 hours Transportation: Private vans for maximum 12 people Visited Places: Isa Bey Mosque, Ephesus Ancient City, The Virgin Mary House and Artemis Temple Guaranteed Departure Days: EVERY DAY TYPE OF THE TOUR: Min. 2 people, Max. 12 people We will pick you up from your hotel around 09:00am and...
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Private Ephesus Tours

Private Ephesus Tours
The ancient city of Ephesus, located near the Aegean Sea, was one of the biggest cities of the Greeks in Anatolia and home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins of Ephesus are a major tourist attraction as well as being a sacred site...
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Nilya Hotel

Nilya Hotel
Nestled in the heart of Selcuk district, Nilya Hotel is just a few steps away from the  historical heritage of the area: St. John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus Ancient City and The Virgin Mary House. The rooms at Hotel Nilya are decorated in Ottoman style, with hand carved...
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Ephesus Suites Hotel

Ephesus Suites Hotel
Ephesus Suites Hotel is located 150 meters from the Temple of Artemis and 200 meters. from St. John Basilica. The hotel only has 4 rooms which means like living in your own house and features a private garden and free Wifi. The hotel also offers air conditioning, seating area and a flat-screen TV with satellite...
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Airport Transfers In Ephesus

Airport Transfers In Ephesus
AIRPORT TRANSFERS IN SELCUK – IZMIR Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (airport code ADB) is a big airport that offers both domestic and international flights and it is the closest airport if you would like to visitEphesus Ruins, The Virgin Mary House, Pergamon or other...
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