Walking tour in ancient city of Ephesus

The Library of Celsus was completed in 135 AD. The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus.

Ephesus

Ephesus is one of the best preserved Roman cities not just in Turkey, but the entire Mediterranean.

Touring the museum you can see this ancient script found at Ephesus

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial centre declined as the harbour was slowly silted up by the Cayster River.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. Today's archaeological site lies 3 km southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey.

Şirince, near Ephesus in Turkey

Sirince

Şirince is a beautiful hill town only 8 km east of Selçuk, in the Aegean hinterland south of Izmir. It's famous for its olive oil, wine and beautiful, restful boutique hotels and inns.

Priene, Miletus and Didyma tour

You could visit these three ancient sites on a day trip from Ephesus. The gigantic Temple of Apollo at Didyma was among the most famous oracles in the ancient world and Miletus is known for it's huge Hellenistic theater.

House of Virgin Mary

Legend has it that the Virgin Mary lived her last days on earth in a small stone cottage on Mount Koressos (Bülbüldağı, "Nightingale Mountain" in Turkish) to the south of Ephesus. Today the Virgin Mary's House is a goal for pilgrims who come from far away to visit the house rebuilt as a chapel, to sip the waters of an adjoining spring said to have curative powers, and to enjoy the pine-shaded mountaintop location.

Stone carving in the Ephesus Museum, Turkey

Dilek National Park

Dilek National Park. provides unspoiled nature in the midst of a booming tourism region.

Where to stay

There are some basic hotels in the quiet town of Selcuk, however, the resort town of Kusadasi has more hotels and restaurants.