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  • Address: Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey

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Ephesus (Efeze) Tours

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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Small-Group Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul, Istanbul, null
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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, House of Virgin Mary and Sirince Village Day Trip from Istanbul With Lunch and Round-Trip ... 
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Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary and Sirince Village Day Trip from Istanbul With Lunch and Round-Trip Flights

Visit spectacular Ephesus and other historical highlights on a day trip from Istanbul, with round-trip flights and lunch included. Fly to Izmir and travel to ...  Read more

Location: İstanbul, Turkey
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Ephesus Day Trip From Istanbul by Air

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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 $378.90
Private Ephesus Tour With Ancient Landmarks From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Private Ephesus Tour With Ancient Landmarks From Istanbul

Enjoy a full-day tour of the ancient city of Ephesus from Istanbul. See landmarks such as The House of the Virgin Mary, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

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Ephesus Sightseeing Tour, Kusadasi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

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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.)

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Ephesus Day Tour from Izmir, Kusadasi, Day Trips
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Ephesus Day Tour from Izmir

Enjoy a private, full day tour of the stunning ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the Temple of Artemis,The Library of Celcus, The Grand Theatre, and then head ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00
Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum, Bodrum, Day Trips
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Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Ephesus and see the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryemana) on this 12-hour day trip from Bodrum. Marvel at the ...  Read more

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

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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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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 $101.04
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 The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch, ... 
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Ephesus The House of Virgin Mary, St John Basilica and Artemission Temple including Lunch

Private guided Full Day tour of Ephesus, St. John Basilica Temple of Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary with lunch. Entrance fees, A/C transportation,and lunch ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

From USD $49.00

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