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One Day Tour
In the morning, your guide will meet you at Kusadasi hotel and your Private Tour: Biblical Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi and Selcuk Hotels tour begins.
We reach Ephesus. Ephesus was the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, with over 250,000 people in the 1st century BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second-largest city in the world. Ephesus was also a harbor city. And, this giant city was built only with marble.
The House of Virgin Mary is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life.
Terraced Houses are located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called “the houses of rich”. They are important for the reason that they give us an idea about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan of the city.
St. John Basilica was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th Century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle.
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Ephesus was the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, with over 250,000 people in the 1st century BC. Ranking only behind Rome, it was the second-largest city in the world. Ephesus was the harbor city. This giant city was built only with marble. Did you know Ephesus had the largest amphitheater in the ancient world, with over 25,000 seats? Also see Goddess Nike, Local pharmacy, Hadrian Gate, Library of Celsus (the third largest library), Marble Street, Harbour Street.
3 hours • Admission Ticket Included
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of Virgin Mary is where, according to many people's beliefs, Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption or Dormition.
1 hour • Admission Ticket Included
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Terraced Houses are located on the hill opposite the Hadrian Temple. Also called “the houses of the rich”, they are necessary to give us about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan of the city in which roads transected each other of right angels.
1 hour • Admission Ticket Included
The Basilica of Saint John
St. John Basilica was a basilica in Ephesus. It was constructed by Justinian I in the 6th Century. It stands over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. It was modelled after the last Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople.
45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included
Temple of Hadrian
Temple of Hadrian is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was built before 138 A.D by P. Quintilius and was dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, who came to visit the city from Athens in 128 A.D. The facade of the temple has four Corinthian columns supporting a curved arch, in the middle of which contains a relief of Tyche, goddess of victory. The side columns are square. Inside the Hadrian Temple above the door, a human figure, probably Medusa, stands with ornaments of acanthus leaves. On both sides, there are friezes depicting the story of the foundation of Ephesus - Androklos shooting a boar, Dionysus in a ceremonial procession, and the Amazons. The fourth frieze portrays two male figures, one of which is Apollo; Athena, goddess of the moon; a female figure, Androkles, Herakles, the wife and son of Theodosius and the goddess Athena.
10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included
Hercules Gate located towards the end of Curetes Street, it was called the Hercules gate because of the relief of Hercules on it. It was brought from another place in the fourth century AD to its current place, but its relief dates back to the second century AD. Only the two sides of the columns remain today, and the other parts have not been found. The relief of the flying Nike in the Domitian Square is thought also to be a part of this gate. The Heracles Gate narrowed the access to the street, preventing the passage of vehicles. We can understand that from the Fourth Century, the street had become a pedestrian area. In these reliefs, Heracles was depicted with the skin of the Nemean lion in mythology. The Nemean lion had been terrorizing the area around Nemea and had skin so thick that it was impossible to kill it. Finally, he wrestled the lion to the ground, killing it by thrusting his arm down its throat and choking it to death.
5 minutes • Admission Ticket Included
It is one of the three main streets of Ephesus between The Hercules Gate to the Celsus Library. This street took its name from the priests who were called Curetes later. Their names were written in Prytaneion. There were fountains, monuments, statues, and shops on the sides of the street. The shops on the south side were two-storied. Ephesus had many earthquakes in which many structures, including Curetes Street, were damaged. These damages, especially on the columns, were restored by the new ones, but after the earthquake in the 4th century, the columns were replaced by the other ones brought from different buildings in the city. There were also many houses on the slope. These were used by the rich of Ephesians. Under the houses, there were colonnaded galleries with mosaics on the floor in front of the shops with a roof to protect the pedestrians from sun or rain. 10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included
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