Ephesus Travel Guide

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Ephesus Highlights

  • Pro
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     One of the great archeaological ruins in the Mediterranean 

  • Con
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     Sometimes very hot and always very crowded 

  • In a nutshell
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     Ephesus is one of the best ancient ruins. 

Ephesus Things to Do

  • Virgin Mary House

    The house of Virgin Mary is considered to be the last home of Mother Mary. The Christians visit here for pilgrimage and it has been also visited by the last 3 popes. Outside the house, you can find 3 fountains which are believed to provide health, love and wealth. You can also see the wall of wishes. The visitors write their wishes on a piece of...

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  • Celsus Library

    It's a long way down the main road, lined with the ruins of several buildings that your guide will describe in detail. Finnaly it all ends facing the library, whose facade is the best preserved of all, and the most harmonious. An excellent detail in the historical visit, that withdraws importance to everything that is next to it.

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  • Grand Theatre

    The biggest construction remaining in Ephesus, and the most impressive after the Library is the great theatre. Built under Greek influence, it was enlarged and transformed by the Romans, an, despite the effects of time and earthquakes, it still impresses by its size and wise conception, integrated in the hills.

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  • Toilet

    You don't need to use your imagination too much here! The latrines were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1st century AD. They were the public toilets of the city where citizens were charged an entrance fee to use them. In the centre, there is an uncovered pool and the toilets are aligned along the walls. The columns surrounding the...

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  • Agora

    The ancient city of Pergamon consists of three main parts: the Acropolis, the Red Courtyard and the Asklepion. The temple of Athena (530 B.C.) situated on top of the city is surrounded by olive groves and encompassed by crumbling city walls and an ancient necropolis (cemetery). The temple entails six columns on the short side and thirteen columns...

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  • Artemis Temple

    The Temple of Artemis lies just off the road that leads to Ephesus, to the west of Selcuk but all that remains of the once described Seventh Wonder of the World is a single column capped with a stork's nest. It was originally built around 550 BC and was said to be the largest temple in the world, eclipsing even the Parthenon at Athens, with some...

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Ephesus Hotels

Ephesus Restaurants

  • Nice and tasty!

    The restaurant is located in the centre of Kusadasi, not so far away from the port we docked in. You may have a breakfast or a dinner there, they have practically everything you can imagine: italian, indonesian, mexican cuisines etc, The service was great, the garsins very nice ans spoke fluently English.. They offer Turkish night for free one time...

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  • Right before your eyes...

    This restaurant is loved by Turks and travellers alike. The atmosphere indoors (in the winter) or outdoors (in the summer), is completely Turkish, with music, tables on the floor, and food made on small ovens right in front of the fire. The local village women make the best "gozleme" (a thin type of pastry with meat, cheese, spinach, potato, or...

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  • Enjoy the special antique menu and...

    Antique Menu is the menu used in Roman period 2200 years ago, in Ephesus region. It was taken from a Roman book written by a Roman flavor master with his own handwriting. The menu prepared with the spices made from the local herbs, roots and seeds just as it has done in the antique period. This menu, in our opinion, is unique in the world in our...

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Ephesus Nightlife

  • Sunset

    I am so sorry not to be able to show you a photo of the sunset in Ephesus. It was such a great view to see the sun go down behind the Library. You have the best view from the hill in the opposite of the Library. But please pay attention on the old architecture and do not step on loose stones. I didn't pay attention and sliped on a loose stone and...

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  • Nighttime serenades

    Just enjoy the turkisch coast - it is so differentThe sun is for everybody - the way to enjoy it's expression is many times different.I've seen a lot of sunsets/downs - also on this VT-pages.But this one - taken by my lovely daughter is special. No obligations

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  • Nighttime serenades

    The beach landscape in Turkey !!I think this picture is showing and expressingmore than enough.Visiting such an historical place is of great cultural and scientific importance.But reloading the feelings and soul is also that important ! No obligations

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Ephesus Transportation

  • Another option

    I've been twice in Ephesus: the last one as part of a circuit across Anatolia, the first one in a short visit coming from Greece. I was in Samos and found that it was available a day tour to Ephesus, and Selçuk. We did it and enjoyed. So, if you want to see Ephesus in a glimpse, and rather stay in Greece, this trip is easy and cheap (from Samos,...

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  • No shopping tour to Ephesus, Virgin,...

    I recently organised a tour for myself, my husband and his brother and sister-in-law who came over from Melbourne, Australia to see us in the UK. As they had never been to Greece we booked a holiday taking in Athens and some the Greek Islands. As I had been to both Greece and Turkey before, I persuaded them that it was worth heading to Samos and...

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  • Ephesus was amazing

    Hello , I was in Ephesus last week and it was amazing.!! We went there with celebrity cruise line. Cruise shuttle's was very expensive and i did reservation with one local company from internet. They had reliable prices and good services.If you want contact to them , you can enter htttp://www.taxiephesus.com . or 0090 554 5217063. They took us from...

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Ephesus Shopping

  • Ephesus Shopping at the Exit

    I purchased a shirt at a shop where I was quoted a price of 87 Euros. I explained that the most I could pay was 15 Euros. I stuck to my price and the salesman gradually came down to 40 Euros. I thanked him and told him that that was, for me, a very high price and I could not afford to pay so much. I exited the shop and met my nephew outside and...

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  • Pashmina's

    As in many other places, you can also buy some Pashmina's here, but they are much more expensive than in Istanbul.

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  • Art cini warning

    The shop looks to all intents and purposes to be a genuine business, but don't be fooled. I and many other people have ordered goods and paid for them to be shipped home. When you get home, no parcel arrives and there is no response to emails or phone calls. It's as if the company doesn't exist. Don't deal with them you will lose money. We were...

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Ephesus Local Customs

  • Mosque in Turkey

    A mosque is symbolically very important to Muslims, and is a humble way for man to recreate pure divine presence on earth.The implementation of minarets, were both for embellishment of the mosques, and for the functionality of the mosques, as calling for prayer, ezan, from ground level, did not carry more than a few blocks. Often a recorded ‘call’...

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  • you have own your home in selcuk by...

    stop,stop,stop.do not go and leave us.let we living together.Please contact us and buy or rent houses in SELÇUK.we are not far from your ideas.kindly, helpfull,seriously and your dreammaker......

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  • House of Virgin Mary

    Ephesos is not only an ancient site but also a pilgrimage destination for Christians. Biblical Ephesos witnessed many important activities of disciples and early churches. House of Virgin Mary is the most spiritual place in the region.Do not forget to drink water flowing from fountains and to wish...

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Ephesus Warnings and Dangers

  • Do not linger on the road by the Turkish...

    The road to the Asclepion passes through a large Turkish army base. Do not linger on the road, or take photos, and be off the road by dusk. The Asclepion (Asklepieion) of Pergamum was perhaps the world's most famous ancient medical center

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  • PESKY Tour Guides!!!

    On my visit to Ephesus, a Tour guide with a large group of Tourists had just started their tour. HE WAS SO RUDE!!!!!!!! He walked infront of myself and others when we were taking photos, and could have easily waited a second, there was no need for him to do this! He also placed himself and his group right infront of the points of interest. He...

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  • Don’t climb up the Hill

    I’ve seen this amusing warning sign in Ephesus. It must have been meant: don’t climb up the hill where the Great Theatre is located or you may fall down the Arcadian Avenue!

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Ephesus Tourist Traps

  • Street Vendors

    OK, so it's not really a trap, but the street vendors when you come out of the Roman ruins at Ephesus are everywhere, selling everything. Try and remember that they are making a living, so a smile and no thank you and move along.

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  • Ephesus - plan your trip in advance!

    There are so many things around Ephesus, which you will not see going with a big group, that is why we prefered a private tour. It is better to search before about the sights and then plan your trip with one of the local company. I saw may taxis there offering their services, but they will just bring you to Ephesus for the same money and then you...

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  • "Made in Austria"

    You know my skepticism concerning history of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. In almost all my trips I try to escape this skepticism and avoid my grins when I see ‘ancient’ ruins or renovated Temples. It’s very hard to do it when you watch such buildings like the Celsus library. It reminds paintings of Renaissance when people tried imagine how Greek...

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Ephesus What to Pack

  • BRING A BROLLY

    I know it sounds silly, but bring a brolly with you to Ephesus, there is hardly any shade on your way round, and with temp reaching 50 degrees, you will be glad you did As always, bring plenty of quality film for your camera, things aint cheap there

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  • Climate in Ephesus

    Rainy Season is from October to April - it hardly rains in summerAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 16 - 26°C ( 60 - 78°F ); min: 5 - 13°C ( 41 - 55°F )Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 32 - 35°C ( 90 - 95°F ); min: 18 - 22°C ( 64 - 71°F )Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 18 - 30°C ( 64 - 86°F); min: 8 - 16°C ( 47 - 60°F )Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 12 - 13°C ( 52...

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Ephesus Off The Beaten Path

  • Grotto of the Seven Sleepers

    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...

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  • Goats’s paths

    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...

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  • 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...

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Ephesus Favorites

  • Celsus Library

    The Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. 125 B.C.E. by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father C.Celsus - the General Governor of the Province of Asia, in the year 135 A.D. and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance -- so as to enhance its perceived...

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  • History

    The ancient city occupies the territory of several square kilometers. You can see the map of the Ancient city and the typical way of excursion (green color) on the picture. This place became known since the 19th century. The history of excavation began in 1859-74 on the Odeon and the theatre. It was carried out by J.T.Wood under the auspices of...

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  • Grand Theatre

    The most magnificent structure in Ephesus ancient city, the great Theatre is located on the slope of Panayir Hill, opposite the Harbor Street, and easily seen when entering from the south entrance to Ephesus. It was first constructed in the Hellenistic Period, in the third century BC during the reign of Lysimachos, but then during the Roman Period,...

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Odeon (small theatre)
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Hadrian Temple
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Curettes Road
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Curettes Road
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Trajan's Fountain
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A Large collection of ruins
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Heracles Gate
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Domician Temple
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Great Theatre
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Pollio Fountain
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Final Apotheosis
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Spring for the private tour!
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Harbour Street
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Visit monuments
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Once described as the Seventh Wonder of the World
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What a library
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The House of the Virgin Mary
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Sirince
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Isa Bey Mosque
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A famous point for pilgrimage
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Ephesus
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Grab a book at the library!
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Recommended Guide for Ephesus
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Sirince
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Virgin Mary's House reached most cheaply
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View from the Temple of Athena
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Great Guided tour around Ephesus
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Mary's House
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East Gymnasium
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Harbour Street
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Bath of Varius
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State Agora
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Basilica
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Odeon
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Temples of Dea Roma and Divus Julius Caesar
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Prytaneion
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Temple of Isis
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Water Palace/Hydrekdocheion
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Fountain of Pollio
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Temple of Domitian
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