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Ephesus (Efeze)

The ancient Greek city of Ephesus, also know as Efeze, was once one of the world’s greatest cities. It ranked only behind Rome in its size and importance during the Roman period, at which time (1st century BC) it was the second largest city in the world.

Famed for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus has an incredible number of ruins that, with just a small amount of imagination, can take you back to what life was like for ancient Greeks and Romans.

Ephesus’s most spectacular site has to be the façade of the Library of Celsus. Constructed between 110 and 135AD, the library originally had three floors and its galleries were stocked with scrolls, and a reading room faced east to take advantage of the morning light. An earthquake destroyed the Library in the 10th century (along with most of the city). The gorgeous façade and front portico that can be seen today were reconstructed in the 1970s.

Other sites include the Theater, Basilica of St. John, the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Church of Mary, House of the Virgin, the Isabey Mosque, the Prytaneion, the synagogue and the Temple of Hadrian. All the sites are in varying states of disrepair. Unfortunately, all that remains of the Temple of Artemis, rumoured to have been four times as large as the Parthenon and constructed entirely of marble, is one lone column standing in a marshy basin.

Ephesus is also one of the seven churches of Asia listed in the Bible's Book of Revelations. Because of the city's ties to biblical figures, it is an important sacred site for Christians as well as a historical one. But Christianity is not the only religion represented in the ruins - there is also the Isabey Mosque, as well as the foundations of what was likely a synagogue.

Practical Info

Not to be missed are the remains of a brothel and sophisticated latrine, just off the main street leading down to the Library of Celsus.

Ephesus is southwest of Selcuk, 80km (50mi) from central Izmir. Most people visit the ancient city on a guided tour.

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Ephesus Day Trip from Bodrum Including Lunch

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Be whisked 2,000 years back in time with this captivating full-day trip to Ephesus from Bodrum. Travel by air-conditioned coach and leave the 21st century ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.93

Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Join a half-day guided tour from Kusadasi and explore the remarkable ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and see the remains of the Temple of Artemis.

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00

Ephesus Day Trip from Marmaris Including Breakfast and Lunch

Trace the steps of ancient Romans on this full-day trip to Ephesus from Marmaris. With an expert guide, delve into the ruins of this ancient city, once the ...  Read more

Location: Marmaris, Turkey
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.83

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

4.5 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
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Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Discover the magic of the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Kusadasi. Visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

On this privately guided tour, journey to ancient Ephesus with such sites as the ruins of the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsius and the Temple of Hadrian, ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.75

Private Tour: Ephesus Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Admire the spectacular ancient sights of Ephesus, site of one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World". On this privately guided tour, you will ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

Private Ephesus St John Tour Half Day From Kusadasi

Start your day with a visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next Ancient City of Ephesus:, one of the best preserved ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.00

Private Ephesus Sirince Tour Half Day From Kusadasi

Start your day with a visit to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next Ancient City of Ephesus:, one of the best preserved ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.00

Private Ephesus Highlights Tour Half Day From Kusadasi

Visit all of the best parts of Ephesus on this half day tour! Start with the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next visit ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.00

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