The Wonders of Ephesus & The Incredible Terrace Houses

For ancient paganism as well as early Christianity, Ephesus was an important religious center, second only to Athens and later Jerusalem. Ephesus kept its important standing due to its well-placed port and its religious significance, which the locals were not above exploiting. After Emperor Augustus proclaimed Ephesus the capital of the Asian Province in 27 BC, the city became one of the most important in the extended Roman Empire. Most of the buildings you will see date from that era when Ephesus had nearly one quarter million inhabitants. Begin at the Magnesia Gate, where your expert and locally licensed guide will take you on a leisurely downhill walk through the marble streets of the city pausing to describe the significance of the sites along the way. View the Gymnasium, Odeon, Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, Upper Agora, Town Hall, a Byzantine house, Roman baths and the surprisingly efficient public toilets. One of the most imposing sites at Ephesus is the Library of Celsus. Finely decorated with columns and sculptures, the library was erected in 135 BC by a son in homage to his father. A short walk away is another significant structure the amphitheater which is known for its excellent acoustics. They believe, this is where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, imploring them to give up their worship of Artemis and embrace the Christian faith. A highlight of your day will be the entry to a newly opened portion of the historic site called the Terrace Houses. This incredible discovery can be seen on the slopes behind Ephesus opposite the Temple of Hadrian. Those on the upper slopes are reached via steps and situated on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain with the roof of one house forming the terrace of the one above it. These houses were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians and are finely decorated with mosaics and frescoes. According to the evidence of the excavations, they were built in the period of Augustus and continued to be inhabited until the 7th century AD. This is truly one of the best archeological sites on the planet and an absolute “must see” to anyone visiting Turkey!

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Port: Kusadasi (Ephesus)

Duration: 3.5 hours

Price: 79

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