The ancient city of Ephesus was first a city for worship of the Anatolian goddess Artemis Diana and a bustling port before the river became silted.
The city of Ephesus was built around the temple of Artemis on the slope of Mt Pion in around 1000BC. Control of the city changed hands many times between the Persians and Greeks up untill the Helenistic era.
This splendid city was once crowned the capital of Asia during the Roman imperialistic era and many of the strucures that are at the site today were constructed during this time. The population grew vastly over these years and became home to many different people including Romans, Egyptians, Jews and Anatolians.
Christianity became widespread throughout ephesus and is one of the Seven churches of Asia from the book of revelation. it is also thought that the Gospel of John may have been written here.
Today Ephesus is still a spectacular and beautiful place with extensive well preserved ruins of the city. Some of the highlights are the Library of Celsus and the massive Great Theatre.
Ephesus is located 3kms away from Selcuk
Distance from Istanbul: 367kms
Closest airport: Izmir