This exciting tourist location from the Kusadasi Port in Turkey is Ephesus. Your private licensed guide will be a fountain of knowledge about this world class destination. It has a history of habitation since 6,000 B.C. home to 250.000 when in the 7th c BC, it was "the most important trading center in Asia". It will be thrilling to be in Turkey's 'largest outdoor museum'.
Envision what's left of The Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the World (being 4 times as large as the Parthenon). Ephesus is packed with history and is only 25% excavated. Come walk in the footsteps of those that were here: Alexander the Great, the Virgin Mary, Emperor Nero, Apostle Paul, Cleopatra and Anthony, St John, the world’s greatest philosophers as well as businessmen and politicians of the age bringing treasusres to the Temple of Artemis.
The Grand Theatre is the most magnificent structure in the epic city of Ephesus. Originally used to entertain 25,000 patrons, today Elton John, Sting, Ray Charles and others have held the honor of entertaining here.
It was first constructed in the third century BC and then enlarged to it’s present size during the Roman Period. Interestingly enough, the architectural design has been duplicated for thousands of years. It’s not difficult to imagine how exciting it was to live in Ephesus with it having the largest theatre in all of Anatolia, a library to compete with Alexandria’s, and being the richest city.
The Celcius Library is always a favorite for photographers, especially at sunset. It holds an historical place in Christian religion as well. St. Paul lived hin Ephesus for 3 years and preached his famous sermon calling upon the listeners to embrace the faith of one god. And St John wrote some of the Bible's 'Revelations' while in Ephesus. Also the Mother Mary lived her last days near Ephesus.
FYI: Bring a hat, umbrella, water spritzer bottle or umbrella, anything, so the heat doesn’t affect your great day. As you’ll see, there is still so much to be excavated, that’s why the area is known as “an open outdoor museum”.