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  • Address: Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey

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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.

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

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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 $80.00
Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House, Izmir, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

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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
Best of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi: Temple of Artemis, St John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque, Kusadasi, ... 
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Best of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi: Temple of Artemis, St John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque

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There are many ways of touring in Ephesus and this tour is for the ones who are deeply interested in archaeology and history lovers. You will not only visit ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Cultural Tours
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Small-Group Tour to Ephesus From Kusadasi

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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
Private Half Day Ephesus and Sirince Shore Excursion, Kusadasi, Half-day Tours
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Private Half Day Ephesus and Sirince Shore Excursion

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Drive up to a scenically wonderful coastal road before you reach the ancient Ephesus . Famous in antiquity for its temple of Diana, during the years of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $43.00
Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus

In order to get an amazing atmosphere of the archaeological sites around Ephesus Ancient City this is the best option for you to go through with. Time to lose ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir, Izmir, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Biblical Ephesus Full-Day Tour From Izmir

Step back in time and explore Turkey’s colorful history on this private full-day tour of Ephesus from Izmir. Visit the Temple of Artemis — one of the Seven ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $179.00
Small-Group Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Small-Group Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

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Rewind 2,000 years on this day trip to incredible Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary from Istanbul, including round-trip flights. Fly to Izmir and drive to ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $345.00
Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air

If you are visiting Istanbul and have limited time to explore the rest of Turkey, then this tour is for you!  Don't miss the opportunity to visit Ephesus, one ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $327.58
Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi

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Delve into ancient history on this private 7-hour Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary tour, from Kusadasi. Jump in your air-conditioned vehicle and set out ...  Read more

Location: Kuşadası, Turkey
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

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