How to Spend Time and What to See in Ephesus?

What are the Areas to Discover in Ephesus?

Ephesus, one of the most important centres of the ancient period, is worth visiting because it has one of the seven wonders of the world in Turkey. 

The Ancient City of Ephesus is an ancient Ionian city situated 3 km southwest of the Selcuk district of Izmir. Legend says that the town was founded by Amazons, female warriors mentioned in Greek myths, for the first time. Apasas, a city of the Kingdom of Arzawa, which means ‘City of the Mother Goddess,’ is believed to have derived its name from it. So, this explains the Ephesus meaning.

Jesus’ mother, Virgin Mary, lived the last years of her life in Ephesus and died here. Hence the House of Virgin Mary is a sacred pilgrimage place by the Christians, and they perform rituals here. It would not be good to visit Ephesus Turkey and go without seeing this place.

Ephesus, where Roman’s doors open to Asia, gradually becomes a great religious and economic centre and its population increases over time. 

There are many best things to do in Ephesus such as visiting all religious monuments, historical buildings, temples, churches, and libraries.

Today, most of the remains of Ephesus that have just been unearthed are from the glorious period of Rome. The most important places to see in Ephesus are Celsius Library, Hadrian’s Temple, Agora (Bazaar), Prytaneion (Town Hall), Traianus Fountain, Grand Theater, Gymnasion and Stadion (Sports Center and Stadium), Slope Houses, Temple of Artemis, Temple of Domitian, Memmius Monument and Odeon (Concert and Meeting Hall).

Other Places Near Ephesus Ancient City

Other Places Near Ephesus 

Virgin Mary Church:

Some of the walls of the church built on the north side of the harbor street are still standing. Rituals continue to be held here. It is also the birthplace of the Catholic denomination. Most importantly, it is one of the most sacred seven churches of Christians, for this reason it is highly regarded and visited as other places near Ephesus Turkey.

Ashab-i Kehf Cave:

It is narrated as the place where the cave of 7 Christian young people who could not bear the pressure of the pagans during the Romans period and fled to the foothills of the Panayir Mountain. Although there are 33 different cities in the world claiming that this cave is located within its borders, this place is within the borders of Ephesus according to Christian sources. This is another place to see near Ephesus.

Ephesus entrance price in 2021 is 100 TL for adults. If you go to Ephesus ruins in summer, visiting hours are from 08:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. In the winter season, you can visit here between 08:00 a.m. and 17:00 p.m.

What to eat in Ephesus?

You might get hungry and think about what to eat in Ephesus. If you consider eating traditional Turkish food in Ephesus there are two options that we can recommend. First one is Çöp Şiş (lamb meat cubed on skewers). You might see places or smell the meat on the right or left sides of the road in Selcuk. There are many restaurants that serve Çöp Şiş with different Turkish appetizers and traditional Turkish drink-Ayran. The other one is Turkish pizza called Pide. You can enjoy different topics on your Pide including a variety of meats, sausages, vegetables, and cheese.  

Exploring Ephesus without an Ephesus guided tour may be difficult, so look at our daily excursions or tours to Ephesus at low costs.

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