Places to Visit in Ephesus


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Ephesus has too many to offer with numerous places to visit being located at Turquoise Coast of Turkey that is the land of Mother Goddess Cybele – Kubaba – Artemis – Diana; land of philosophy and science, Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Bias, Homer and Heraclitus; great historical characters like Hector, Achilles, Alexander the Great, Augustus, Hadrian, St. Paul and Virgin Mary who find their way into countless myths, legends and history books…

In Aegean, the fertility of vast lands, abundance of waters and mild climate attracted tribes since man has set foot here and principal cults like that of Mother Goddess took root early on in the area. The religious importance of these places never diminished. Mother Goddess evolved to become Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, and Demeter who ruled their cities and protected their lands for the following millennium until Virgin Mary was introduced to the region with Christianity.

Friendly terrain and suitable ports provided easy transportation of peoples and products; with crowds of pilgrims pouring into the large and famous cities of the region and ever-alive trades, the amount of wealth, splendor, and fame kept rising throughout the history, merits Turkey still benefits in the region today.

Additionally, the drive in this lush region is highly scenic amongst pine forests, natural parks, and fruit and olive orchards, natural conservations where there is the abundance of waters with lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.

You will sample the good food and fine wine of this blessed land every day of the tour while enjoying incredible chances of taking fantastic pictures, making every day a new adventure.

It must also be mentioned that south Aegean is a world famous shore for the well-known Blue Voyage on Turkish Gulets (traditional wooden type sailboats) in crystal clear waters, blue flagged beaches, serene pine forests; water sports facilities and fresh seafood. A combination of historic land tours and Blue Voyage is possible and arranged by our experienced staff with pleasure.

Each and every step in those places on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey is filled with history, archaeology, nature, and adventure. You will return with loads of splendid pictures and exciting memories to cherish for a lifetime. Most probably not having had enough and wanting to come back.

This is where a long history of Mothers of Anatolia, legends of long gone heroes, Biblical stories, and wonders of the ancient world blend together from the Neolithic Age and on until today.

Feel the energy and the strength of a mighty ancient city; this is the capital of the Asia Minor Province of the Roman Empire and the house of Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

See the Celsius Library -modern-day symbol of the city, well adorned Roman Temple of Hadrian, the agoras were heated political, philosophical, spiritual and social debates went on and immense amounts of commercial activity brought in more wealth every day.

Be fascinated by the splendid decoration and the modern facilities in the Terrace Houses of the upper class, walk the well preserved wide marble streets, see the state buildings and one of the best preserved ancient theaters in the world.

Visit the world-famous Ephesus Museum in Selcuk town, the Isa Bey Mosque, Basilica of St. John and close the day with a memorable visit to the House of Virgin Mary.

Below is a list of best places to visit in Ephesus for inspiration. For a better understanding, easy navigation and to get the most of this extraordinary region, we would highly recommend travelers to consider Private Tours in Ephesus and surroundings.