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A Week in Turkey: Day Trip to Ephesus

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A November 2012 trip to Ephesus by ssullivan

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Quote: Once one of the world's wealthiest and most important cities, Ephesus virtually disappeared due to earthquakes, fire, and time. But what was gone was never completely forgotten, and today, Ephesus offers visitors an amazing opportunity for a glimpse of life thousands of years ago.

Ephesus: A Day Trip from Istanbul

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Celsus Library Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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For our day trip to Ephesus, we elected to fly to Izmir, and then rent a car to reach Ephesus. Izmir Adan Menderes International Airport is located about 60 km from the Ephesus archeological site, and the drive is less than an hour via the E87 highway. Izmir is served out of both Istanbul airports by Turkish Airlines with multiple flights per day, and we were able to tag the Istanbul-Izmir segment onto our Washington Dulles-Istanbul award ticket for no additional miles, and only a few extra dollars in taxes. That left us just needing to purchase a one-way ticket from Izmir back to Istanbul, which cost us less than $50 per person, making for a relatively cheap day trip. Other options for getting to Eph...Read More

Archaeological Site of Ephesus

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Attraction | "The Ancient City of Ephesus"

Theatre, Ephesus, Turkey Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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When planning our trip to Istanbul, we decided to try and work in a day trip outside the city. It was not long into researching other destinations in Turkey before we settled on Ephesus, one of the premier archaeological sites in the world, and the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean region.A trip to Ephesus means a trip back in time to a city that has seen 3,000 years of history, and played a role in Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Turkish culture. Founded in the 10th century BC, Ephesus hit its peak during the Roman period with a population of over a quarter million by the time of the 1st century BC. The city is known for its place in Christian history, appearing ...Read More

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Archaeological Site of Ephesus

Ephesus, Turkish Aegean Coast

Celsus Library

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Attraction | "The Library of Celsus"

Celsus Library Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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One of the signature ruins in Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. This ancient building dates to 135 AD, and was built to house 12,000 scrolls. It is named for Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, a Roman senator and consul who later served as governor of Asia. Constructed after his death, the library contains a crypt with his sarcophagus under the main entrance.This beautiful structure was rebuilt, using the original pieces, in the 1960s and 1970s. The library’s interior was destroyed by earthquake and fire in 262, leaving only the façade standing. The façade was later converted into a nymphaeum, and then eventually destroyed by an earthquake.The restored library features the fam...Read More

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Celsus Library
Turkey
Ephesus, turkey

The Terrace Houses

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Attraction | "Life in Roman Ephesus – The Terrace Houses"

Archaeological Site of Ephesus Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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Within the Ephesus site, visitors will notice a large modern structure, directly opposite the Temple of Hadrian, and just a tad bit uphill from the Library of Celsus. Inside this structure are the terrace houses, a series of a half dozen homes once owned by wealthy families in the city. These houses, built on a series of three terraces, generally were built as two story homes with open central courtyards. Several of these houses are open for visitors to explore via wooden catwalks that are built above the houses, allowing for great views into the remaining structures.The terrace houses are astonishing in how well-preserved they are. Exploring these houses reveals 2,000 year old paintings o...Read More

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The Terrace Houses

Ephesus, Turkish Aegean Coast

The Basilica of Saint John

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Attraction | "The Basilica of St. John"

Archaeological Site of Ephesus Photo, Ephesus, Turkey
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One of two important sites located outside the main Ephesus site, the 6th century AD Basilica of St. John was built under the rule of emperor Justinian I. Located a few kilometers away from the main site, the basilica is now surrounded by modern day Selçuk.The ruins of this brick and stone church sit prominently on a hill, with a sweeping view of the valley below, leading to the Aegean Sea. The basilica was built in a traditional cross shape, and the ruins seen today are from the third building built on the site. The first was a mausoleum built over the tomb of St. John. This was later replaced by a basilica, which was in ruins two centuries after its construction, when Justinian ordered c...Read More

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The Basilica of Saint John
Entrance off St. Jean Sok.
Selcuk, Turkish Aegean Coast
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Temple of Artemis

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Attraction | "One of Seven – The Temple of Artemis"

Ephesus, Turkey Photo, Selcuk, Turkey
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One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis was located in Ephesus. This site was considered sacred ground as early as the Bronze Age, with the original temple built during that period. In the 7th century BC, it was destroyed, and a new temple was started in 550 BC. This one later burned, and finally, the third temple was built starting in 323 BC. This third temple is the one that achieved such fame that it was declared one of the seven wonders, and for good reason. At 450 feet by 225 feet, and 60 feet high, the building was massive by ancient standards. The structure was supported by more than 125 columns, and adorned with sculpted friezes, statuary, paintings, gold, and silv...Read More

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Temple of Artemis
Near Ephesus
Selcuk, Turkey