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Ephesus, Turkey - The Ancient Port City

Chaitra Suraj Saxena Dec 03, 2020
If you are someone who loves reveling in places that are rich with history and are majestic to behold, then Ephesus surely has to be in your places to visit list.
Ephesus, Turkey is one of the most visited attractions in the country. Here is everything you need to know about it.
Getting to Ephesus
Located near present-day Selçuk, Ephesus is easy to access via road from Izmir. There are regular buses running on the route and one can also opt for a taxi service, for a more comfortable ride to and fro.
The distance between Izmir and Ephesus can be covered in less than two hours. Tourists can finish going around the place in less than three hours.
Most visitors to Ephesus stay in the quaint town of Izmir that offers some beautiful scenery owing to its location by the coast.
Izmir is well connected to the rest of the world via its international airport.
History of Ephesus
The ruins of Ephesus are one of the oldest in the world. The city dates back to the 10th century BC and is also close to Cukurhoyuk which is even older and dates back to 6200 BC.
This city has been a part of most of the historical phases and movements the region has witnessed.
It has played a major role in the spread of Christianity in the region. It is home to Ephesus church, one of the most important churches mentioned in the Bible.
Places to See in Ephesus
The Library of Celsus is one of the spots that you should not miss when visiting Ephesus, Turkey. This site has a façade that was reconstructed in modern times but with its original materials.
Other than this, the Temple of Hadrian is also a place worth visiting. This one too has been reconstructed using its original materials.
You may want to visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum to see some of the most well-preserved items from Ephesus especially the relics from the Temple of Hadrian.
Apart from being historically important, Ephesus and its surrounding places are ideal to enjoy some of the local cuisines. It is surrounded by traditional Turkish markets that should not be missed.
The list of places to visit in Ephesus and around, is quite long and worth it. Come here with ample number of days to cover them all.