Ancient City of Ephesus and the House of Mother Mary
Ephesus had been a commercial center of the ancient world. Ephesus is located in that place where trade routes end by land and from the city's ports continue to Europe by sea.
- Ancient City of Ephesus,
- House of Mother Mary,
- Temple of Artemis,
- Sweets & tea factory
- Travel guard insurance
- Entrance fee for the museums mentioned above
- A bottle of water in the vehicle
- Licensed professional guide
- Pick up from hotels in Kuşadası/Selçuk
- New, clean and air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic and international flight tickets
- Transfers izmir city/airport
- Any personal expenses
- Tips for driver and guide
Important information: Ask for pick up at izmir airport.
Another reason is that Ephesus has always been an important center of worship of the Earth Goddess, Kybele or Artemis in the Greek period. Later all these female figures became Mother Mary. Ephesus is also considered one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world.
e the best preserved ancient cities of the Greco-Roman period where you can easily imagine how people lived 2000 years ago. The visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus is the most important visit of the day. You will walk through the original streets of the 2000 year old city. You will enter the city from the upper gate from the official part of the city. First, you will visit Bouleuterion, the city's parliament building. So don't expect to see a king's palace here because Ephesus has never been a kingdom. After the Greek colonization, the city was a Greek Federation, 1st century B.C. Ephesus became a state of the Roman Empire. This is how you will see the Greek and Roman style together in the architecture of this city.
After walking to Domitian's Square, you will see a beautiful relief of Nike. Then you will pass through the Gate of Hercules, where you will have an overview of the city center. You will walk by the Fountain of Troy, the Temple of Hadrian, the public baths and reach the most important monument of Ephesus, the Library of Celsus. The last point of visit will be the great public theater that has a capacity of 25,000 people, one of the largest in the world.
Another visit during the tour will be the House of the Virgin Mary. As it is believed when Jesus was crucified, he left his mother on the watch of St. John the Evangelist. Because of his mission, St. John traveled to Ephesus with Mother Mary, where the Virgin Mary spent her last days and ascended to paradise. The Vatican has recognized this small house as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. You will have lunch at a local restaurant.
As before the period of Christianity, Ephesus was the main center of worship of Artemis, one of the most spectacular temples of all times built for Artemis here in Ephesus, where we call Artemision or Temple of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis had been a pilgrimage center for the pagans of those times and was the first example of banking in history when merchants left their valuable things at the mercy of Artemis. Today only one column of the temple remains but the view from the temple is spectacular.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Kusadasi/Selçuk/Kuşadası Port.