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Travel to the Ancient Ephesus-Izmir (Turkey)

Updated on October 22, 2020

New York of the Ancient world

I have been to Ephesus many times and each time the city fascinate me. Why?

I think because ;

Ephesus is a very cosmopolitan city, it is like New York of the ancient world.

Pagans from various nations, early Christians, Egyptian merchants all lived in the city together with harmony. The city survived in the Greek and Roman periods and was an important harbor.

Artemis Temple - One of the Seven wonders of the ancient World- was here. Although it was burned centuries ago, you can feel its energy, presence.

A general view of agora
A general view of agora | Source
Library | Source

Did you Know Virgin Mary lived in Ephesus?

Ephesus was the most important city for Christians at the end of the first century. Jerusalem was in first place, and Rome was growing in influence in the early second century. Yet, not only was Ephesus situated rather in the center of an area in which Christianity was thriving, but also it was the wealthy port city capital of Asia.

The Virgin Mary’s house in Ephesus has been visited by Pope Paul VI and Pope Jean Paul as well.

I took this picture in Ephesus Theather
I took this picture in Ephesus Theather | Source

Concerts in Ephesus

Great Theater and Celcius Library are very beautiful places to listen concerts, many celebrities were in Ephesus and gave concerts suck as :

Luciano Pavarotti (August, 2009)Sting (July 2, 1993)Elton John (July 17, 2001)Julia IglesiasRay Charles (July 07, 1987)Joan Baez (July 17, 1988 – 23 June 1989)Jose Carreras (July, 2002)Christ De Burg (July 15, 1992)Bryan AdamsDiana RossJethro Tull (July 15, 1991)Christian Larde (June 24, 1989)Cecilia Gasdia (July 10, 1998)Aziza MustaphazadehNikki Yanofsky (2009)

Elton John Concert in Ephesus Theater

Grand Theather Of Ephesus

This ancient theater has 25.000 seats. It is the largest in Anatolia. It was the heard of the city. Plays, gladiator games, social, political, economical demonstrations took place in this theater. Also many dramatic performances were seen.

It is also the theater were st. Paul preached against the Pagans and listed in the sacred places of Christianity.


Which temple of Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of The World?

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Most Known Temples Of Ephesus

Ephesus was a very big cosmopolitan city. It is like New York of Ancient times. Most people were pagan, there were many temples dedicated to many gods. Also Ancient Egyptians had a temple in Ephesus (Temple of Serapis)

The eldest and the most important Temple was the Temple of Artemis. She is the Goddess of moon and hunting, her twin Apollo is the God of sun. But Ephesus Artemis had also the characteristics of a more ancient Goddess Cybele, the great Mother of Anatolia. Artemis of Ephesus is represented as a woman with many breasts. She is the goddess of nature, of productivity,of Chasity,and the protector of wild animals and sailors.

The temple dedicated to her in Ephesus is one of the seven wonders of the world but is not preserved up-to now. It was destroyed it was burned by a lunatic called Erostratos who was obsessed with the idea of achieving immortality by being recorded in history.

Hadrian temple is a well preserved small temple build before 168 P.Quintilius, It is dedicated to Roman Emperor Hadrian, Artemis and the people of Ephesus. It is a very good example of Roman architecture.

From my camera


The Library Of Celcus

the Celsus Library in Ephesus was the third largest library of the Ancient world with the capacity of 12,000 scrolls after the Alexandra and Pergamum. The facade of the library has two-stories, with Corinthian style columns on the ground floor and three entrances to the building.

The library was restored with the aid of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and the originals of the statues were taken to Ephesus Museum in Vienna in 1910.

Ruins of Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey

Visiting Ephesus

In Turkey you can see many alley cats in the streets, they can roam freely. Efes has so many cats. You can see an alley cat under each statue or pillar :)
In Turkey you can see many alley cats in the streets, they can roam freely. Efes has so many cats. You can see an alley cat under each statue or pillar :) | Source

A Trip to Ephesus

There aren't accommodations is the historical town. You should stay in İzmir or Selçuk (a near by Town)

You can also fly from İstanbul to İzmir than visit the site and return to İstanbul in the same day.

But I advise you to stay in that region for a couple of days as a part from Ephesus, you can visit Miletus, Didyma, Pamukkale.

7 Wonders of the Ancient World

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