At the arranged hour, professional guides will welcome you at the harbor. Then, you’ll be taken to Ephesus ancient city.
Ancient City of Ephesus
We’ll walk to the Ephesus. This important city has many things to impress you.
In the first century BC, Ephesus was the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, with a population of approximately 250.000 people. It was the world’s second-largest city, after only Rome. Ephesus was a port city as well. And this massive metropolis was constructed entirely of marble. Did you know Ephesus had the world’s largest amphitheater, with 25.000 seats? Goddess Nike, Hadrian Gate, Library of Celcius (the third biggest library), Marble Street, and Harbor Street are also worth seeing.
Our guides will tell you more.
House of Virgin Mary
Welcome to the rock house of Virgin Mary. According to many people’s beliefs, this is where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived her final years of life. She was due to come in Ephesus with St. John and reside there until her Assumption or Dormition in the years 37-45 CE. So this place is specifically important in terms of Christianity, history and culture.
Next stop is a place holding special houses. This land is located directly across from the Hadrian Temple. Here, there are terraced houses. They are also known as “the residences of the wealthy,” and they are significant because they provide insight into Roman family system. They were constructed in accordance with the Hippodamian city design, in which routes connected at right angles.
Learn from the guide and observe their beauty.
St. John Basilica
Following hours, we’ll visit our last stop.
In Ephesus, there is a very famous a temple. It was built in the 6th century by Justinian I. It sits above what is thought to be John the Apostle’s grave. It was based after Constantinople’s now-defunct Church of the Holy Apostles. Due to its historical value, we’ll visit there and you will learn its amazing story thanks to the guides.
End of the Tour
At the end, we’ll say goodbye to each other and you’ll go to hotels or Kusadasi port.
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