Private Tour: Antique Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi / Selcuk Hotels
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This private tour is ideal for those who want to explore the ancient city of Ephesus and its surroundings at their own pace. Your personal guide will meet you at Kusadasi port, your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk and accompany you to the various sites, including the ancient city of Ephesus, the Terrace Houses, and the House of the Virgin Mary. At Ephesus, you will see the impressive ruins of the ancient city, including the Celsus Library, the Great Theater, and the Temple of Hadrian. The Terrace Houses, also known as the "houses of the rich," are some of the most impressive structures in Ephesus, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the wealthy elite of ancient times. Finally, the House of the Virgin Mary, believed by many to be the final resting place of Mary. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at Kusadasi port, your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk. Stores to Visit: Turkish Carpet Weaving Village Ceramic Workshop
Operated by: Turkey Tours Company
Stop At: Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. Ephesus was also a harbour city. And, this giant city was built only with marbel. Did you know Ephesus had a largest amphitheater in the ancient world over 25.000 seats? Also see Goddess Nike, Local pharmacy, Hadrian Gate, Library of Celcius (the third largest library), Marbel Street and Harbour Street.
Duration: 2 hour
Stop At: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
The House of Virgin Mary, is a place where according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent her 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.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Ephesus Terrace Houses
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 the 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 angles.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: The Prytaneion
Behind the basilica is the Prytaneion, where religious ceremonies , official receptions and banquets were held. The sacred flame symbolizing the heart of Ephesus was kept constantly alight in the Prytaneion. The construction of the building dates to the 3rd century B.C, during the reign of Lysimachos, but the ruins of the complex dates to the Augustan age. The four-cornered pit in which the sacred fire is burned is a relic from the reign of Lysimachos. The front of the building is four columns, beyond the columns is a courtyard surrounded by a portico, and on the north is the center of the building, the ceremonial hall, and its side rooms. The eternal flame was here in the center of the ceremonial hall, the red color on the floor determined the location of the flame. The double columns on the corners of the hall held up the wooden roof. During excavations, archeologists found 2 artemis statues, which are now presented in Ephesus museum.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Fountain of Pollio
The water was brought to the fountains of Ephesus from three main sources through aqueducts and distributed from fountains by a branching system of baked clay pipes. The sources were Kencherios (42km) at Kuşadası, Çamlık village stream of Marnas (15km), and the Cayster River (20km).Water was free of charge by the city in the public fountains. Also they provided refreshment in hot summer days for the streets. It has a high arch facing the temple of Domitian. It is known to be decorated with a number of statues. One of these statues is the Head of Zeus which is on display in the Ephesus Museum today. Some of these statues were thought to be taken from the Isis Temple, probably after an earthquake, to repair the fountain. The statue group of Odysseus and Polyphemus , that once were on the basin, are now displayed also in Ephesus Museum.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Baths of Varius
The ruins to the east of the Basilica belong to the bath of Varius, dating to the Roman period. The construction dates to the 2nd century A.D and the mosaics in the 40 meters long corridor dates to the 5th century. It is built of cut blocks of marble. It has three sections, frigidarium (cold water), tepidarium (warm water) and caldarium (hot water). The excavations have not been completed yet.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: The Temple of Artemis
Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek Temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. It was located in Ephesus and it was one of the seven wonders of the world.
Duration: 15 minutes