The Ancient City Ephesus:

The Ancient City Ephesus:

Guide to Ephesus Ancient City and Ruins ,The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means that the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. Out of all of them, Ephesus ancient city ruins are probably the most well-known, attracting thousands of visitors every day.

As capital of Roman Asia Minor, Ephesus was a vibrant city of over 250,000 inhabitants, the fourth largest in the empire after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. Adding in traders, sailors and pilgrims to the Temple of Artemis, these numbers were even higher, meaning that in Ephesus one could encounter the full diversity of the Mediterranean world and its peoples. So important and wealthy was Ephesus that its Temple of Artemis, on the western edge of present-day Selçuk, was the biggest on earth, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The ancient city of Ephesus is one of Turkey’s top tourist attractions, the most important ancient city, the best preserved and restored.

Ephesus Ancient City consists of temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues.

The impressive Library of Celsus, the 24.000 capacity grand theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Terrace Houses of Roman nobles and the Cave of Seven Sleepers, the parliament building, commercial and state agoras, baths, city gates, monuments, fountains, public toilets and even a brothel are among the most magnificent archaeological sites in Ephesus. Turkey Tours Itinerary

Ephesus, which is one of the Seven Holly Churches mentioned in the Bible, particularly important for faith tourism.

Visiting Ephesus Ancient City Ruins
The downside of walking through Ephesus ancient city is the crowds. Some of the largest cruise liners in the world dock into the nearby port of Kusadasi simply to take their passengers to Ephesus and when combined with 42 seater tour buses from all surrounding holiday resorts, the result is masses of people, wandering about in awe, paying no attention to where they are going or who they bump into. The urges to photobomb are too great but if you don’t like crowds or hundreds of people in your holiday photos, visit Ephesus early in the morning as soon as they open at 08.00am.

Ephesus was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. As one of the most important centres of the ancient era, Ephesus has been inhabited approximately for 9000 years throughout the Hellenistic Era, Roman Period, Byzantine Era, the Period of Principalities and the Ottoman Era.

It was a very prestigious port city and centre of culture and commerce, also one of the most important cities of the Antique Ionia.

The whole site comprises Cukurici Mound, Ayasuluk Hill (Selcuk Fortress, Saint John Basilica built in the 6th century, Isa Bey Mosque which is a sample of Seljuk architecture, Isa Bey Bath, Temple of Artemis), House of the Virgin Mary, and of course Ephesus Ancient City.

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