Ephesus Travel Guide

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Ephesus Overview

Ephesus is one of the most popular tourist destination in Turkey, and it is immediately evident why, from first glance to last minute spent here. One of the 12 cities who were part of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era, it also spent time as the second largest city in the Roman empire behind only Rome herself, and during the 1st century BC it was the second largest city in the world. It is one of the seven churches of Asia listed in the book of Revelations in the Bible, and was the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. While these days it is technically part of Turkey, everything within the city speaks of ancient Greek and Roman hands, and we are once again reminded of two of the most important civilizations in the history of man.

From the Celsius Library to the massive Roman amphitheater (with seats for close to 44,000 people), to the temple of Hadrian or the Gate of Augustus, everything to see and do in Ephesus revolves around ancient structures. It is also only seen via the power of your own two feet, so be prepared to do some hiking when you come. There are literally dozens of architectural and archaeological wonders to behold in the city, including things like the Basilica of St. John, the Temple of Domitian, and the Fountain of Pollio. While it is possible to see everything in the city within a day, just like you can skim the ruins of Pompeii in a day, the only way to truly experience everything that Ephesus has to offer is by literally immersing yourself in the culture and the environment for several days at the least. Just keep in mind to bring your own water when heading out to the ruins. Like in downtown Rome, bottled water is beyond expensive; it is literal highway robbery, so bring your own.

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