THE MOST FAMOUS AND THE MOST VISITED HISTORIC SITE IN TURKEY
Early flight to Izmir, we leave the colourful town behind as you will pass through the verdant countryside before arriving at Ephesus. Our first stop will be the Virgin Mary s House and will drive nearly for 25 minutes. According to Predominant Christian tradition, Mary was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John after the Resurrection of Christ and lived out her days there. This is based mainly on the traditional belief that John came to Ephesus combined with the biblical statement that Jesus Consigned her to John’s care (John 19:26-27).
Ephesus tour is starting with your local Ephesus guide; the walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian, and the impressive library of Ephesus. The library is adorned with columns and statues.
The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theatre is antiquity with a capacity of 24.000 seats. You will return to the bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. The visit to Ephesus Open Air Museum takes nearly 2 hours. After the Lunch Break, the next stop in the tour will be the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built-in an honour of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature, and fertility, Deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world.
The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and a religious’ institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enable the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world`s first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe its importance, its wealth, and the tension that existed between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. End of tour. Return to Istanbul by flight.
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