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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
Small-Group Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, Private ... 
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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
Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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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
Ephesus Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Ephesus Tour From Istanbul

Delve into Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of a classical ancient city. On this full-day, small-group, all-inclusive tour, fly south from Istanbul ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 17 hours (approx.)

From USD $378.13
Small Group Tour: Ephesus House of Mother Mary Isabey Mosque Temple of Artemis From Izmir, Izmir, ... 
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Small Group Tour: Ephesus House of Mother Mary Isabey Mosque Temple of Artemis From Izmir

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Visits to ancient city of Ephesus, Isabey Mosque,House of Mother Mary and Artemis Temple.

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

From USD $90.29
Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Ephesus Small Group Tour From Kusadasi

Discover Ephesus with the small group tours of locals. The tour is included visit to the Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Isabey ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.35
Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting, ... 
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Ancient Ephesus tour with Mother's Mary House and visit to old village Sirince with wine tasting

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Visit 3 different places in 1 day. Firstly ancient ruins of Ephesus which is the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. It is a must see  while visiting ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.43
Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir, Izmir, Day Trips
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Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir

This day-long tour lets you explore the ancient city of Ephesus. Over the course of roughly six hours, see incredible ruins from a range of historical periods, ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.75
Shore Excursion: Ephesus Ruins Terrace Houses and Ephesus Archaeology Museum, Kusadasi, Full-day ... 
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Shore Excursion: Ephesus Ruins Terrace Houses and Ephesus Archaeology Museum

Discover the archaeological beauties of Ephesus with the professional guides on this 5-hour excursion. Visit the Archaeology Museum of Ephesus and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $47.50

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