Today, Ephesus is the most visited ancient site of Turkey with 1.800.000 visitors in 2014. Since the beginning of 2015, it has been in UNESCO World Heritage List. People are coming from all over the World just to see and live that unique travel experience in Ephesus. Even the kids enjoy this unique Roman city, when they see the depictions of Greek and Roman gods like Hermes, Artemis, Hercules etc. Adorning all over the place. It is not only important for history and archaeology lovers, it is also a place to visit for devout Christians too, as it is the final resting place for Mother Mary and John the Apostle. Here is the top 10 reason why you should see Ephesus Ancient City during your trip in Turkey. You can book your trip via One Day in Ephesus or you can ask your questions to local professional tourist guides who are living and working in Turkey.
1. Great Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient World
Yes, Ephesus has the ruins of a gigantic temple dating back to 4th century BC. Actually it was that impressive building making Ephesus so impressive and prosperous.
2. The third biggest library of the ancient World, Celsus Library
Probably, this is the most pictured and most impressive monument in the city. Who does not want to click a photo with that one which was holding 12.000 hand-written scrolls?
3. Terrace Houses; Houses of rich Romans decorated with amazing mosaics and frescoes
Here is a really special and exciting section in Ephesus which is covered with a special roof to protect two thousand yer-old Roman mosaics and frescoes. Austrian archaeologists have been carefully working here to clean and preserve these art pieces.
4. Latrines, well-preserved public toilets of Ephesians
Did you know that Romans had no privacy in their public toilets and only men were allowed to use them? Latrines were the best place to learn about latest gossips in Ephesus.
5. Tomb of Apostle John at Great Basilica of John dating to 6th century
Ephesus was the most important city of Asia Minor and today it still holds its biblical significance. Because one of the twelve disciples, John brought Mother Mary to Ephesus with him. Today a great histocial church stands over his grave near Ephesus.
6. Hadrian’s Temple
This temple was built for the Empreror Great Hadrian visited the city in 128 A.D. It is not an ordinary building, it has a lot to tell to its visitors. Every eye-catching detail on it including Medusa and Amazon depictions have special meanings and stories behind.
7. The Grand Amphitheatre
Would Ephesus be such important without this grand amphitheatre? Absolutely not! People of neighbouring cities were coming to Ephesus to watch bloody gladiator shows which were held here. Imagine 25.000 people were cheering here at the same time, while the soft cool breeze from the Aegean sea was blowing around their hair and gladiators were fighting to death. There was fear and excitement in the air. Death or surival? Such a dramatic vision!
8. The final residence of Virgin Mary
Ephesus is home of the Virgin Mary House which is believed to be the final residence of Mary and it is officially recognized as a pilgrimage spot for Christian by Vatican. How come did Mother Mary end up here in Ephesus while Jerusalem is thousands of kms away from Asia Minor? Was there a special reason behind why John chose Ephesus as the final residence for her? If you are willing to hear answers, you should be here and feel the vibe!
9. Paul’s sermon in Ephesus
St. Paul gave a sermon in Ephesus against Artemis and this is mentioned in the bible. Today Ephesus is one of the seven churches of revelation and an important pilgrimage place for Christians.
10. Ephesus Museum
Hundreds of statues sculpted by talented artists of Ephesus, every-day items from Roman period, two-thousand year old medical instruments, perfume containers, mosaics and many others will complete the puzzle when you visit Ephesus Museum. Then, you will have a complete idea about what life was like thousands of years ago.