What is Ephesus?
Ephesus is an area located in Selcuk, which is about 80 kilometres south of Izmir which you can visit on the Bodrum to Ephesus tour. The tourist attraction Ephesus is an ancient port city that dates back to the 10th century BC. It has belonged to many civilisations and passed through many sultans and rulers hands. Yet it still stands proud, although still only partly excavated.
Ephesus ancient city is open for visitors to walk around fairly freely, and millions pass through it’s gates every year. It’s most recognisable structure is the grand library wall. It’s the only side of the building to have survived an earthquake in the 10th century AD, but it’s the pinnacle of Ephesus city.
The main lower gate is almost completely intact and it is one of the things you can see from all over the excavated city. The marble road that runs from the port on the south of the city also connects the amphitheatre to the public library and the brothel
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BODRUM TO EPHESUS TOUR DETAILS
|Start Time:||approx 06:30|
|Return Time:||approx 20:00|
|Concession Prices:||7 to 12 years old – HALF PRICE. 0 to 6 years old – FREE.|
|Thinsg You Need To Bring:||Sneakers, Sun Glasses, Swim Suit|
Ephesus City – From the upper gate where the tour starts, the intact original roads take you through the city down to the lower gate, passing public baths, public toilets and amazingly engineered housing estates for their time.
Ephesus Amphitheatre – The grand Amphitheatre that the Bodrum to Ephesus day trip takes you to is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world. It was designed to seat an impressive 24,000 people! It was used as a entertaining centre as well as for important social events. The amphitheatre is the first thing in ancient times that a new visitor to Ephesus City sees on their approach from the port.
Virgin Mary’s Museum – Ephesus was an important place for religious pilgrimages and many ancient Goddesses spent time here. These people included Goddess Artemis and the Anatolian Goddess Kybele. Ephesus is also said to be the place that the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary spent her final years. Legend says that Mary died here at age 101. Because of this, there is now a Virgin Mary Church and Museum here that is dedicated to her.
Temple of Artemis – The temple of Artemis is also known as the temple of Diana. It has been named as 1 of the 7 man-made wonders of the world. Unfortunately only a small part of the ruin is left standing today. It was originally built about 2500 years ago, but was completely destroyed and rebuilt 400 years AD. It was ruined after a fire started by arson. Although not much of it remains today its still an important stop on the Bodrum to Ephesus tour.
Ephesus was once one the most important trading cities in the ancient world. The city was prosperous because there were plenty of jobs for those living there as it connected Asia and Europe’s trading routes. Items that were most popularly traded were olive oil, animals, glass, stone such as marble, tiles etc, wine, grain, pottery vessels, metals such as iron, copper, lead, gold, tin etc and slaves.
After about 1 hour of travelling, you will stop at a restaurant. You may buy breakfast here if you wish. There are toilet facilities at this stop. There will be 1 more scheduled stop along the way at a gold or leather centre where there are also toilet facilities.
Once you’ve arrived at the ancient city of Ephesus you will have 2 to 3 hours to explore the ruins.
A short distance from Ephesus City lies the Virgin Mary’s museum. You will have the option to enter here for a fee if you wish. Those who don’t wish to enter will be asked to wait near to the coach.
After a short drive from the Virgin Mary’s museum you will stop at a restaurant where you will eat lunch included in the price of the tour (drinks not included).
On your return to Bodrum, you will make 2 scheduled stops at gold centre or similar where there are toilet facilities.
You’ll be back in Bodrum at around 8pm providing there are no unforeseen road closures, heavy traffic, or mechanical vehicle problems on the day.
Money – to buy breakfast, drinks and souvenirs, entrance to Virgin Mary’s museum if you wish.
Comfortable shoes for walking – the original roads are quite uneven.
A sunhat and sun cream – there is little shade when walking through the city.
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