A trip to Ephesus Archaeological Site in Selcuk, Turkey.

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If you're looking for a trip to Ephesus, you will likely come across to this town name Selcuk. Could it be a day trip from Istanbul or spend a night here in Selcuk.

The ancient city of Ephesus has been a major tourist attraction in Turkey, and it is one of the Must-See in every traveller's list. The dazzling marble-columned temples and colonnaded streets are every history buff's dream.

After visiting Turkey, my interest started about all those ancient city, its really fantastic to know the story behind :)

From the entrance, you will need to walk a distance through Curetes street and the Marble road then exit from the other site, however the ruins are quite well-preserved hence there is no need to worry about the walk way. The tour itself takes about 3-4 hours.

There are a few things to see in Ephesus, such as Temple of Artemis, the Hadrian, Celcius Library and House of the Virgin Mary.

1) Temples of Artemis ruins

When ruins seriously mean ruins, up until today, these were the leftover. 

The temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp.

2) The Hadrian

It is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street.

Emperor Hadrian was one of the Five of Good Emperors. The Five Good Emperors is a term that refers to five consecutive emperors of the Roman Empire — Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius.

3) Celcus Library

This library is one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus.

The grave of Celsus was beneath the ground floor, across the entrance and there was a statue of Athena over it. Because Athena was the goddess of the wisdom.

4) The Great Theater of Ephesus

This is the most magnificent structure in Ephesus ancient city.

The Great Theatre was constructed in the Hellenistic period but remodelled many times in the Roman period. 

The main diffrence between a Hellenistic Theater and a Roman Theater is that the Hellenistic ones are leaning on a hill. It is the Romans who invented free standing huge walls.

5) House of the Virgin Mary

The belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that she had died there.

The shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green, and is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones.

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  1. wow....i wish to go there!!!the place so nice!!!

  2. I wish to go turkey !! Can you be my tour guide..??hahaa

  3. What a beautiful place <3 Wish I got the chance to travel there. =)

  4. Haven't been to Turkey before, will bookmark this post for my travel reference :)

  5. Beautiful place! What a heritage. Hope it is maintained for future generations to come.