Ephesus Off The Beaten Path

  • Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    Ephesus - Goats’s paths
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Most Recent Off The Beaten Path in Ephesus

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Grotto of the Seven Sleepers

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 7, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    Located on the northern slopes of Mount Pion along the road that goes around the hill is the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers which was discovered by both Christians and Muslims. According to Christian legend, seven young men were walled in during the reign of Decius (250 AD) but were seen alive in the streets of Ephesus during the reign of Theodosius II some years after the Council of Ephesus (431 AD). In the Koran, it is claimed that the sleepers slept 309 years in their tombs. A church was built above this Grotto by the Christians. During excavations in the area, the church and several tombs have been excavated. Some inscriptions about the Seven Sleepers can be found on the walls of the church.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo

    Goats’s paths

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jan 19, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ephesus - Goats���s paths
    3 more images

    I suspect that the Curetes street in Ephesus is one of the most beaten path in the world, haha! Hundreds of tourists crowd there all day long and it’s very difficult to take a photo without catching one or many strolling persons in front of a sight!

    But I could notice several off the beaten paths in Ephesus… Really these paths exist there! You won’t see any tourists and guides there. Are you intrigued? Yes, these are goat’s paths which you can see at my pictures. Only goats can walk upwards the hills around Ephesus and enjoy lonely walk above touristic crowds, haha!

    You can watch my 1 min 12 sec Video clip Ephesus's goats with Nalan – Cayir-Cayir Turkish pop music.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    The Church of the Blessed Virgin

    by Paul2001 Updated Jun 2, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Church of the Blessed Virgin

    Not much remains of the Church of the Blessed Virgin. It was built in the late 5th century B.C. The church had various additions over the next five hundred years but fell into disrepair like everything else in Ephesus. Unlike the rest of the site, I could not approach the church ruins for further inspection as the grounds were fenced off. I almost considered this a bit of a tourist trap for this reason but who knows this may change after time.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Aitana's Profile Photo

    Sirince, a nice village near Ephesus

    by Aitana Updated Aug 14, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    Near Selçuk, after a few kilometers of a road among orchards, we found the nice village of Sirince. The village is surrounded by orchards, vineyards and olive trees.
    On the top there is an old orthodox church. The population of this village was greek before 1922. Then, it was called Kirkintze.
    The old village and the sorroundings are very well described by Dido Sotiriou in her novel "Matomena chomata", (Farewell Anatolia).

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    The Basilica of St. John

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 27, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Ruins of the Basilica of St. John

    It is said that St. John lived here in the last years of life. The Basilica of St. John was built by Justinian the Great, the Byzantine Emperor, in the 5th century on the spot were they supposedly found the tomb of St. John. The church was said to be astonishing in its day but today it is a very large ruin. This is because of the centuries of earthquakes and pillaging. It was restored to some degree about one hundred years ago. If you want to visit a good Byzantine ruin after your visit to Ephesus, then by all means come here as the place was quite interesting. The ruins are located northeast of Selcuk on St. Jean Cad.
    The Basilica of St. John is open from 8am to 6pm daily and costs $2.00 for a visit.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • Holy graffiti

    by aaron60 Updated Aug 5, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Arcadian Way

    Not truly off the beaten path...this one actually IS the beaten path, haha...but interesting.

    While doing some research on the Net before my trip, I found a web site with a picture of "Christian graffiti". Apparently early Christians carved these markings into the paving stones of the Arcadian Way.

    These carvings were made by totally ordinary people, with no intention of making them last thousands of years. But here they are. Quite impressive considering they are stepped upon by thousands of feet daily. They're not far from where the Arcadian Way meets the Marble Street in front of the amphitheatre.

    For an explanation of the meaning of the graffiti at lower left, go to
    http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/resources/www/pictures/turkey/symbol.html.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • Priene

    by aaron60 Written Aug 4, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Temple of Demeter, Priene

    Priene was a welcome relief from crowded Ephesus. A dramatic setting with a haunting beauty. There is a peacefulness here. You can hear the wind sighing in the pine boughs. The theatre and the Temple of Demeter are breathtaking.

    Don't miss Priene if you get a chance to visit.
    I'd choose it over Miletus if time were a factor.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    more great fassades

    by globetrott Updated Apr 28, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Here is another great detail of a fassade, looking even good , although taken out of one of my old super-8 movies.Sorry for the bad quality of the photo - it is a scanning of my Super-8-film, that is actually like a slide with a size of just 4mmx8mm

    I may simply admire these great artists, having been able to produce such works of art with old techniques

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    watch out for great sculptures

    by globetrott Updated Apr 28, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ephesus / Efes

    You may see small fragments of fassades or statues, lying around at many places and so it is worth to explore also the side-streets whenever possible.
    The person standing next to this great sculpture may show you the big size of this rock and you may imagine how difficult it was - especially with just the old technical means - to get a stone of this size on the right place of a fassade.
    Sorry for the bad quality of the photo - it is a scanning of my Super-8-film, that is actually a slide with a size of just 4mmx8mm

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    another mainstreet

    by globetrott Updated Apr 28, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ephesus / Efes

    This is another mainstreet towards the old port of Ephesus.
    Simply compare the width of these streets with the ones on my pomeji-page.
    In Pompeji only on the big streets 2 carriages might have passed by each other, while here certainly 4-5 carriages could all go next to each other without problem.
    On the sides of the street you still may see some columns of the houses and temples.
    Sorry for the bad quality of the photo - it is a scanning of my Super-8-film, that is actually a slide with a size of just 4mmx8mm

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    The Byzantine Aqueduct

    by Paul2001 Written Apr 21, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Byzantine Aqueduct

    Crossing the west of the Selcuk is a 6th century Byzantine aqueduct. The aqueduct extends for a few blocks along Namik Kemil Caddesi. Today its columns are often used to support the walls of old buildings and for storks to nest for much of the summer. On top of the one of the columns pictured you can see a such a nest.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    Isa Bey Camii

    by Paul2001 Written Feb 6, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Isa Bey Camii
    1 more image

    The Isa Bey Camii is an impressive mosque located just at the base of Ayasuluk Hill. The mosque dates from 1375. It has an interesting dome over top of the structure and a grand courtyard. There is a friendly guardian or mulla who will show you around the mosque. If your spending sometime on your own in Selcuk, it is worth visiting the mosque. It is closed at prayer times.

    Related to:
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • guell's Profile Photo

    Go Where Others Don't

    by guell Written Aug 1, 2004

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ephesus Theatre

    When I visit a place, I always make an effort to go where others don't, and sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised with what I find. In this case, the view of the theatre from inside gave me a completely perspective of the place.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Leipzig's Profile Photo

    House of Virgin Mary

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 4, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    House of Virgin Mary

    Near Ephesus, close to the town of Selcuk is the House of Virgin Mary. The house was combined with a church in 4th century. Close to it is the Source of Mary. It is said that the water has curative effects to everyone who drinks from it.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Coins of Ephesus

    by buket Written Jun 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Coins of Ephesus

    Coins of Ephesus most frequently depicted a bee on the obverse. The earliest coins of Ephess had geometric punch mark reverses. Later coins of Ephesus most frequently depicted a stag on the reverse. Ephesus was a producer of honey and the location of a famous temple of Artemis. The bee advertised their most famous product and both the bee and stag symbolized worship of Artemis.
    You can see them in Ephesus Museum, Selcuk

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Religious Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Ephesus

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

116 travelers online now

Comments

Ephesus Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Ephesus off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Ephesus sightseeing.

View all Ephesus hotels