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Ephesus in Turkey is the city that still holds history in a different form

The ancient city of Ephesus was once a great city in Asia Minor and today it lies near the Aegean Sea in the modern day Turkey. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Temple of Artemis was located here and today the remnants of the ancient history are what makes this city so popular. Ephesus, Turkey also has great significance for the Christian society as biblical figures like Virgin Mary, St. Paul, and St. John are related to this place.

Today Ephesus is also well known as the Roman City that is best preserved and is second popular tourist destination in Turkey after Istanbul.

The attractions in Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey has many significant archaeological sites, but is this the onky reason why this city is so popular? The city, actually, has more to offer. The hill town of Sirince, the Aegean resort Kusadasi, or the town of Selcuk are some other places to visit.

The hot mineral spa of Pamukkale, the ancient cities of Aphrodisias, Miletus, Priene, or Didyma, relaxing or windsurfing in Alacati, shopping in Tire (the weekly market), and enjoying some serene and fun beach time in Altinkum or Pamucak are some more of what you can do in Ephesus, Turkey.

On the slope of Selcuk you will find the Isa Bey Mosque and the St. John Basilica. The Ephesus Museum here is another place to visit.

A walk to the Ephesus archeological site from Selcuk is also a nice part of the trip and in between a halt to view the remains of the Temple of Artemis is another experience you do not want to miss. This is another place you must visit apart from the Church of St. John. This temple built in the 8th century B.C. was one of the spectacular seven wonders of the ancient world. It is said that a crazy man by the name of Herostatus had destroyed the temple the night Alexander the Great was born because he always wanted to be remembered (even if for the wrong reason). The temple was later rebuilt by the people of Ephesus. Remnants like goddess Artemis' two marble statues are seen in the archeological museum near by.

The most splendid building in Ephesus is the Great Theater, which is the largest in Asia Minor is a well-preserved archaeological site and can accommodate more than 24,000 people.

AT night the city of Ephesus, Turkey takes an enchanting look with oil lamps illuminating all the streets. In front of the theater is the Port Avenue and is known as the Arcadian Street as it was renovated at the time of Arcadius. To the north of the Avenue are the Theater Gymnasium, Harbor Gymnasium, and the baths. Just behind the Port Gymnasium is the 4th century church of the Virgin Mary.

Adding more to the list are the Church of John where he was laid to rest after his banishment in Patmos, the Isa Bey Mosque constructed in 1375 and the archaeological museum of Ephesus, which displays the invaluable ruins of Ephesus, and the Sirince village which has a rich blend of the present local Turkish and the past-Greek life.


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