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aphrodisias ancient city Aphrodisias is in the UNESCO World Heritage List Now!

Ancient city of Aphrodisias is the 17 place located in Turkey that is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is announced that ancient city of Aphrodisias is one of the best preserved and the most important archeological places in Turkey.

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Goddess Artemis of Ephesus The Goddess Artemis of Ephesus

Artemis of Ephesus is virgin, woman and mother. There 3 reasons make Artemis very respectful and famous. It was influenced by the Eastern regions. She easily spread out to the West from the Aegean Coast by the Greeks and Romans. It has many God and Goddess in herself. 

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Seven Sleepers Cave Ephesus Seven Sleepers, Ephesus

This myth happens to Ancient Ephesus. It takes a long time starts on the 2nd century and ends on the 5th century. This Christian Myth is also stated in the Holly Quran. 

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Amazons Ephesus Amazons

It is still a mystery whether Amazons are a myth or real. But the historian Heredot and Geographer Strabo mentions about Amazons. Amazons are seen in myths, architectures, ceramic culture and sculptures in the ancient times. 

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Ephesus in The Bible

As is known Turkey and Ancient Ephesus City had an important role for the early Christianity.  Both St. Paul and St. John spent the Apostle years in Ephesus.  Why Ephesus is so much important?

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Sagalassos, Turkey Sagalassos the Lost City

Sagalassos is a very large ancient city in the Pisidia region of Turkey. Today it is nearby the province of Burdur close to the Tarsus Mountain. It has a fascinating green landscapes surrounded mountains, 1.400 meters higher from the sea level. 

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Celestyal Olympia Celestyal Olympia Timetable for 2017 - KUSADASI/EPHESUS PORT

The Celestyal Olympia cruise ship visits Kusadasi/Ephesus port twice a week. You will find information about Celestyal Olympia's visiting date and time.

 

 

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Celestyal Nefeli Celestyal Nefeli Timetable for 2017 - KUSADASI/EPHESUS PORT

The Celestyal Nefeli cruise ship visits Kusadasi/Ephesus port twice a week. You will find information about Celestyal Nefeli's visiting date and time.

 

 

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Timetable for 2016 - KUSADASI/EPHESUS PORT Royal Caribbean Cruise Timetable for 2017 - KUSADASI/EPHESUS PORT

Here is the list of docking dates in Kusadasi port for Royal Carribean Cruise Line.

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Anzac Tours Anzac Tours

"Anzac" is the name of the Corp gathered for Great Britain in the First World War and means Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.

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Cappadocia Tours Cappadocia Tours

One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Turkey is the middle Anatolia. It is Cappadocia which means beautiful horses in Persian, has a unique nature and historical atmosphere.

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Izmir, Turkey Izmir, Turkey

Izmir is the third biggest city in Turkey and the biggest one at the Aegean Region. It has about 4 Million population. Izmir is an important touristic, industrial and cultural place. Izmir is known as Smyrna in the history. Probably it got its name from an Amazon Queen named Smyrna. The origin of this name is Anatolia. It is known that Ionians called Izmir, Smurna. Smyrna was an Aeolic city.

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Turkey for Good Health Turkey for Good Health

People visit Turkey for many reasons. Some are obvious such as the weather, beaches, hospitality, food, scenery, history and culture; others, such as skiing, boating, scuba diving, hang gliding, parasailing, walking and cycling, are less well-known.

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Getting Around in Turkey Getting Around in Turkey

Private car ownership in Turkey is much lower than in many other advanced countries. Whether this is because of or the reason for its highly developed public transport system, I don't know. Turkey is a big country: the distance from İstanbul to the Syrian border is greater than that from London to Berlin, but no journey is more than around 90 minutes' flying time from İstanbul and there are many domestic airlines competing for customers by providing frequent flights between the major cities, making flying a very inexpensive form of long distance travel.

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Troy, Turkey Troy, Turkey

Troy was an ancient city situated in Asia Minor, northwest of modern Turkey. It is in the south of Dardanelles/Hellespont. Troy is the side where the Trojan War happened, mentioned in the Greek Epic Cycle and Iliad, which was written by Homers.

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Taxi in Turkey Taxi in Turkey

Wherever we go in the world, travellers are warned not to trust taxi drivers. They'll take advantage of your unfamiliarity with the currency, take you a very long route, take you places to earn commission, set the meter permanently at peak rate. They may even physically assault you and rob you.

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Aegean Springtime Turkey Aegean Springtime Turkey

I love all the seasons in our home on the Aegean coast of Turkey, for they each have a special character and appeal of their own, but of them all I love the spring the most.

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Prytaneion, Ephesus Prytaneion, Ephesus

The Prytaneion is at the upper part of Ancient Ephesus and it was built in the 1st Century A.D.

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Ephesus in the Holy Bible Ephesus in the Holy Bible

Ephesus in Asia Minor (today’s Turkey) was the second most important place for the early Christianity that was after Jesus. Ephesus was visited by St. Paul, St. John, Timothy and probably by Virgin Mary. St. Paul spent about three years in Ephesus (54-57 AD.). St. John who brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus, lived there for a long time and died in Ephesus, where he was buried.

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Ephesus and Its Main Streets Ephesus and Its Main Streets

Ephesus which is the biggest ancient side in Turkey and one of the biggest in the world, only 10% of the city was uncovered and restored since 1866.

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Mosaic Conservation and Maintenance of Ephesus Mosaic Conservation and Maintenance of Ephesus

Ephesus Ancient City is one the most important and visited ancient cities in the world. Not only its size and the monumental reconstructions but also its world famous Terrace Houses are important evidences of its glory.

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Pergamum, Turkey Pergamum, Turkey

The ruins of a very important ancient settlement named Pergamum are just one hour driving distance from the famous modern city Izmir, Turkey. Today Pergamum is a very cute, nice and a traditional city named Bergama at the Aegean Region of Turkey.

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St. John the Apostle and Evangelist St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

St. John who was one of the 12 apostles and 4 Bible Authors lived and died in Ephesus. In the Bible of St. John we read that, Jesus Christ entrusted his mother (the Virgin Mary) to John before he died.

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The Scholastica Baths The Scholastica Baths

The Romans did not only invite aqueducts into the architecture but also the Roman bath. Romans built many baths in all cities they occupied. In large cities like Ephesus there was more than one Bath. The Various Bath and Harbor Bath are some of those they erected in Ephesus.

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The Monuments of Memmius and Sulla The Monuments of Memmius and Sulla

The Romans came into Asia Minor (Turkey) in the 2nd Century B.C. Shortly they called Ephesus as their capital city in Turkey. In the Roman period Ephesus had about 250.000 populations. The Romans were not the only ones in Anatolia at that time. The Spartans, The Pontus and Egyptian were also around.

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Fountain of Trajan in Ephesus Fountain of Trajan in Ephesus

The Roman Emperor Trajan was the second of the "five good Emperors". He was emperor between 98 and 117 A.D. In Ephesus they built an imperial Fountain for Trajan in the second century. In the Roman period they built many aqueducts to supply water to Ephesus. Some of them were 50 km long.

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The Gates of Mazeus & Mithridates and The Commercial Agora The Gates of Mazeus & Mithridates and The Commercial Agora

The Gates of Mazeus and Mithridates which are the entrance to the Commercial Agora of Ephesus are located just on the right side of the famous Celsus Library is.

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Temple of Domitian and Domitian Square Temple of Domitian and Domitian Square

One of the most important parts of Ephesus is the Domitian Square (as called by the Archeologists). The Polio Fountain and the monumental Temple of Domitian are at this square.

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Odeon (Bouleuterion), Ephesus Odeon (Bouleuterion), Ephesus

Ephesus was established in the 3rd Century B.C. in the Hellenistic time. But today it is appeared more as a Roman ancient city, since for a long time it was the capital city of the Roman Empire in Asia Minor (Turkey).

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Cappadocia - Underground Cities - Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia - Underground Cities - Hot Air Balloon

Cappadocia is a unique gift of the nature to human. The lava, tuffs, basalt sprayed by the old volcanic mountains Hasan and Erciyes, etched by the wind and rain after a while. So the shapes called "Fairy Chimneys" were formed. In Cappadocia various different civilizations settled for thousand years and this is the most important point that sets Cappadocia from the others.

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Gobekli Tepe Turkey Gobeklitepe Turkey

Gobeklitepe is one of the most interesting Archeological excavations in the World. The secret of Gobeklitepe is not riddled yet. It is about 5.000 years older than the Egypt Pyramids and is the oldest cult ever. Gobeklitepe is located on the South-East our Turkey and about 14 miles away from famous Sanliurfa city center. It is from the Paleolithic Era and is about 10.000 BC old.

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Hippodamus of Miletus Hippodamus of Miletus

Hippodamus of Miletus is the leader and most famous city planner. Aristoteles is the best resource for us to learn about him. Aristoteles says these about him "long haired, extraordinary personality and has ideas about the ideal city". He had specially planed Athens (Piraeus).

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Terrace Houses Terrace Houses

Ancient Ephesus is one of the biggest and most important ancient cities in the World. Not only because of its very important role in the history and famous people but also its being very big and well restored makes it very attractive for the visitors.

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Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of the most visited touristic, historical and natural beauties in Turkey. It has unique and interesting landscapes in the world. Maybe the most important point that separates Cappadocia from the others is being a combination of natural beauty, history and human being.

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Ephesus Tours Reviews on TripAdvisor Ephesus Tours Reviews on TripAdvisor

As a recommended tour company on TripAdvisor, we are traveler’s choice for last 4 years and have received the certificate of excellences since 2012. We are very proud to be recommended by our visitors who used our services.

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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers The Cave of the Seven Sleepers

The Cave or Grotto of the Seven Sleepers is on the northern slope of Mount Pion just 0.8 km from the lower entrance to Ephesus and is a place of pilgrimage for both Moslems and Christians.

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Ephesus Tours from Istanbul Ephesus Tours from Istanbul

Istanbul is the only metropole located on the 2 continents and bound Europe and Asia. Istanbul was a capital city of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire for about 1.600 years. Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in Turkey.

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The 41st FEBS CONGRESS 2016 will be arranged in Kusadasi / Ephesus, Turkey The 41st FEBS CONGRESS 2016 will be arranged in Kusadasi / Ephesus, Turkey

The 41st FEBS Congress with a theme of "MOLECULAR and SYSTEMS BIOLOGY for a BETTER LIFE" will be organized between 3rd and 8th September 2016 in Ephesus Convention Center, Kusadasi / Ephesus, Turkey.

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The Gigantic Statue of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus The Gigantic Statue of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus

Ephesus is the place where the Virgin Mary (the mother of Jesus Christ) spent her last years. It is known that she died in Ephesus and most probably buried by St. John on the Mountain named Nightingale nearby Ephesus. St. John (Apostle, Evangelist) lived Ephesus for a long time, wrote his gospel and died by the age of 100 in Ephesus.

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Best Time to Visit Ephesus When is the Best Time to Visit Ephesus?

Ancient Ephesus is located on the Western side of Turkey in the Aegean region. There are Greek islands just across the Ancient Ephesus. The Aegean Region is both the most modern side of Turkey and has the best climate.

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Heraclitus of Ephesus Heraclitus of Ephesus

Heraclitus lived in Ephesus in 535/475 BC and was a Philosopher before Socrates. His father was Bloson. He was descended from a noble family. There isn’t much detail about his life but we know him from his thoughts and fragments. He is the most important philosopher of Ephesus and Ionian period.

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St. Paul's Prison in Ephesus St. Paul's Prison in Ephesus

For sure Ephesus is a very important place for the early Christianity. St. Paul’s 3 years of stay in Ephesus, the letters written to the Ephesians by St. Paul, his preaches in the Ephesus Great Theater and the big protest against St. Paul organized in the Great Theatre by Demetrius, the Silversmith take important role for this period.

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Why Private Ephesus Tours? Why Private Ephesus Tours?

Ephesus and its surrounding are an important ant and determining place for human history, philosophy, art and religion. Visiting Ephesus is not only derived of walking around the old stones. Also it should not be considered as visiting an ancient City.

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Ephesus Convention Center Ephesus Convention Center

Kusadasi/Ephesus region is of the most important and popular tourist destinations in Turkey. Because of its big cruise port, being very close to Ruins of Ancient Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary, its modern marina, great long sandy beaches, many high quality hotels, water parks and being only 45mins driving away from modern city Izmir; Kusadasi/Ephesus is in a very important location.

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Visiting Ephesus Visiting Ephesus

Visiting Ephesus is one of the most exiting attractions for the visitors in the world. Ephesus is located on the Aegean Coast which is one of the most beautiful regions in Turkey. How to visit Ephesus? What are the Ephesus travel tips? How to travel to Ephesus?

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Ephesus History Ephesus History

The first civilizations in Turkey generally take us to 12.500 years before. Civilizations in the Aegean region including Ephesus History are approximately 7.000 years old. It is known that Ancient Ephesus and its surroundings are 6.000 year old.

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Seven Churches of Revelation Seven Churches of Revelation

Turkey is the cradle of many civilizations, hosts a lot of ancient cities and is cradle of the whole religions. Turkey, Asia Minor or Anatolia has a very important role for the early Christianity. For sure Seven Churches is the most important of them which is stated in the Book of Revelation.

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Famous People of Ephesus Famous People of Ephesus

Ephesus established thousands of years before and still existing, was subject of a lot of legends, was a capital for some period, hosted the world’s largest Temple (Temple of Artemis) and of course we should not forget the important people who caused this power.

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All Included Ephesus Tours - No Hidden Costs All Included Ephesus Tours - No Hidden Costs

As a local tour agent we arrange private Ephesus Tours since 1993. Customer satisfaction and comfort is our number one in our Private Ephesus Tours. We do our best make our each visitor and aim them to have unforgettable memories of Ephesus and Turkey for a lifetime.

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Top Attractions to do in Kusadasi Port Top Attractions to do in Kusadasi Port

Kusadasi Port (Ephesus) is the second frequently visited cruise port in Turkey after Istanbul. Approximately 500 cruises dock in Kusadasi port and about 700.000 cruisers visit Kusadasi/Ephesus every year. There are 3 reasons for the cruises call in Kusadasi port.

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Things to do in Kusadasi Things to do in Kusadasi

Kusadasi is the most popular and known touristic destination in Turkey and Mediterranean. It is a very important stop for cruises which has a very big port. In Kusadasi there are things to do for everyone in different ages and interests. Here is a list of Top Things to Do in Kusadasi.

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Ephesus Tour Guides Ephesus Tour Guides

In Turkey, especially after 1980, tourism began to be very important. That’s why it is very important for the Turkish Government have qualified Professional Tour guides. Because they are at the top of the pyramid because they are the first face of Turkey and introduce Turkish Culture and history to the visitors coming from all over the world.

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Private Ephesus Tours Private Ephesus Tours

Are you looking for a Private Ephesus Tours from Kusadasi Port, Izmir Port or Istanbul? Then, you are just at the right place. We as a recognized and recommended tour agent, have been arranging Private Ephesus Tours since 1993 for our visitors who want to get the most of Ancient Ephesus.

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Ephesus Port Turkey (Kusadasi) Ephesus Port Turkey (Kusadasi)

Ephesus Port, the real name is Kusadasi Port, has been visited by hundreds of cruises for years.  It is the second frequently visited port in Turkey after Istanbul. Ancient Ephesus City is only 12 miles way from Ephesus/Kusadasi port and is a very modern and nice port.

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Ephesus Tours - FAQ/Frequently Asked Questions Ephesus Tours - FAQ/Frequently Asked Questions

Here is the frequently questions asked by our guests...

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Ephesian Gladiator's' Energy Drink Ephesian Gladiator's' Energy Drink

It is found in a study conducted on the bones of the Roman gladiators that they drank a kind of an energy drink made of a mixture of vinegar and plant ashes.

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New Cruises Will Visit Kusadasi/Ephesus Port in 2016 New Cruises Will Visit Kusadasi/Ephesus Port in 2016

Nearly 500 transatlantic cruises dock in Kusadasi/Ephesus port ever year. Kusadasi has both such a nice port and is a lovely city. It is only 20mins drive to Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, Sirince Village and Basilica of St. John.

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Ephesus Ancient City added to UNESCO World Heritage List Ephesus Ancient City added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Turkey had been waiting for 21 year to for Ephesus Ancient City to be added to UNESCO World Heritage List. Finally it is announced that Ephesus had been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as the 15th Ancient City.

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Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene in Ephesus

She is a female Apostle followed Jesus Christ. There are many speculations about her but she is one of the three Mary.

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The Terrace Houses of Ephesus The Terrace Houses of Ephesus

The Terrace Houses, sometimes called the Slope Houses or the Houses of the Rich, were built on three terraces dug into the lower slope of mount Bulbul, opposite Hadrian’s Temple.

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Sacred Grotto of St. Paul Sacred Grotto of St. Paul

As know nearly 90% of the Ephesus ruins are under the ground and still waits to be excavated. There is a very special place in Ephesus which is excavated but not known very much. It is the sacred and Sacred Grotto of St. Paul. It is a cave used by the early Christians in the 2nd century AC.

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St. Paul in Ephesus St. Paul in Ephesus

Ephesus is a "must see" for travellers with an interest in early Christian history and sites because both St. John and St. Paul lived and preached there, albeit at different times, and St. John died and was buried nearby.

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Ephesian Lifestyle Ephesian Lifestyle

In both Greek and Roman times, children wore white togas until they were considered to be adults, which was at age 12 for girls and 14 for boys. Whereas Greek girls usually received no formal education, the sons of high status citizens were sent to a gymnasium at the age of seven to learn reading, writing and music.

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Life as a Slave in Ephesus Life as a Slave in Ephesus

It was common to own slaves in Greek and Roman times. Slaves were usually from conquered tribes or cities, defeated enemy soldiers captured in battle of unfortunates kidnapped in raids. However people sometimes sold their children, parents or unwanted wives.

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The Great Theatre in Ephesus Turkey The Great Theatre in Ephesus Turkey

The Great Theatre, with its capacity of 25,000 spectators, was the biggest in Asia Minor and, after the Coliseum in Rome, the second largest in the Roman Empire. Built into the side of Mount Panayir it is the largest structure in Ephesus, measuring 300 metres x 150 metres overall and, clearly visible from the Kusadasi to Selcuk road, it is still impressive today.

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Little-Known Facts About Ephesus Little-Known Facts About Ephesus

Ephesus is one of Turkey’s great outdoor museums, attracting more than two million visitors every year. It is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the best in the world, giving a true feeling of life in ancient times.

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Celsus Library Ephesus Celsus Library Ephesus

This impressive and beautiful building, erected in 117 AD, is often used to symbolise Ephesus. It was erected to honour Gaius Julius Celsus Poleaeanus, a former consul and governor of the Roman Province of Asia, one of the very few of Greek origin to attain that rank.

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Hadrian's Temple Restored Hadrian's Temple Restored

Hadrian’s Temple, along with Celsus Library and the Great Theatre, is one of the best known and most recognised structures in Ephesus. This small but beautiful building in Curetes Street was built around 118 AD by the otherwise unknown Publius Quinctilius as a monument to The Emperor Hadrian (who had not then been deified) and dedicated to Artemis and the citizens of Ephesus.

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The State Agora Ephesus The State Agora Ephesus

An agora in ancient times was an open space where people could gather (agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces). Agora were used for meetings and for markets. Ephesus had two agorae: the State or Political Agora was the meeting place for governmental discussions, built by the Romans in the first century BC to the south of the Basilica; the Commercial Agora was a market place.

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The Temple of Artemis (Ephesus) The Temple of Artemis (Ephesus)

"Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on aught so grand." These words of awe were spoken by Antipater of Sidon, who compiled the list of The Seven Wonders of the World, when he first set eyes on the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

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Sirince Village (Ephesus) Sirince Village (Ephesus)

Sirince is a very old village, believed by many to have been originally settled by former inhabitants of Ephesus seeking a healthy environment away from the malarial swamps which surrounded their city, and indeed it was sometimes referred to as "Ephesus on the Hill".

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Isa Bey Mosque (Ephesus - Selcuk) Isa Bey Mosque (Ephesus - Selcuk)

Isa Bey Mosque in Selcuk, which was restored in 1934 and taken back into use as a place of worship, is adjacent to the ruins of St John’s Basilica, just below the summit of Ayasoluk Hill which is, crowned by Selcuk Castle. It was originally used both as a place of worship and as a kervanserai.

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The House of The Virgin Mary (Ephesus) The House of The Virgin Mary (Ephesus)

When Jesus was dying on the cross, he exhorted his disciple John to take care of his mother the Virgin Mary. In accordance with his promise, when it became too dangerous for Mary to stay in Palestine, John escorted her to Ephesus where she lived and died in a small house near the summit of mount Coressos about 6 km away from the main city.

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The History of Ephesus The History of Ephesus

Latest research reveals that Ephesus and its surrounding countryside has been the site of a series of ancient settlements, the first of which was Apasa, capital of the Kingdom of Arzawa. This was founded some 6,000 years ago in the vicinity of the Temple of Artemis during the Hittite period by the Amazons, fierce female warriors from Anatolia, mentioned in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

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Basilica of St. John (Ephesus) Basilica of St. John (Ephesus)

When he was being crucified, Jesus asked St. John to take care of his mother, the Virgin Mary. In keeping with his promise, John, also sometimes referred to as John the Apostle, John the Evangelist and John of Patmos, escorted her to Ephesus where she spent the rest of her days. Her house is still to be seen just a few kilometers away from the main city ruins.

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