Discover Izmir, home of impressive ruins
A journey throughout the archaeological ruins of Ephesus which contains successive settlements from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Here are the 8 of the most amazing ancient and holy ruins in Ephesus.
Isa Bey Mosque: The Isa Bey Mosque, an outstanding artwork of the Seljuk architecture is one of the oldest and most important samples of the Anatolian mosques in Turkey.
House of the Virgin Mary: The House of Virgin Mary is another sacred place of Ephesus. It is believed that the Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John, where she lived until her death at the age of 101.
The house is considered a place of pilgrimage by the Christians and respected as sacred by the Muslims.
Saint John Basilica: The other religious site worth visiting is the Basilica of Saint John, built in the 6th century.
Library of Celsus: Wander among the beautifully preserved remains of the library built in honor of the Roman Senator Celsus, a great lover of knowledge. One of the largest in the ancient world, the Library of Celsus was built to house over 12.000 scrolls and serves as a mausoleum to the Senator. Come and get captivated in this enchanting place of wisdom.
Temple of Artemis: The Temple of Artemis, which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world in the classical period.
Terrace Houses: The Terrace Houses were constructed in the first century AD and used by the Roman nobles. It has frescoes decorating the walls and also heating system.
Grand Theatre: This theatre has the 24.000 people capacity, consists of three horizontal sections. Today, thousands of visitors enjoy the splendour of the breathtaking Grand Theatre in Ephesus.
Temple of Hadrian: This temple, dedicated to the emperor Hadrian (118-138 AD) is one of the most beautifully ornamented structures in Ephesus.
House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus, Izmir
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