Ephesus Ancient City

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Ancient City of Ephesus

Ephesus, which is one of the most iconic symbols of Turkey, is also one of the most majestic ancient cities in the world. The ancient city of Ephesus, considered as a monument of all time, is located 3 km west of Selcuk town, Izmir.


One of Turkey's top tourist attractions, Ephesus is the most important and best preserved ancient city. It is an outstanding universal value of the world for all time, and its history dates back to 6000 BC.

The ancient city of Ephesus consists of temples, theatres, libraries, houses and statues.

The impressive Library of Celsus, the 24.000 capacity grand theatre, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Terrace Houses of Roman nobles and the Cave of Seven Sleepers, the parliament building, commercial and state agoras, baths, city gates, monuments, fountains, public toilets and even a brothel are among the most magnificent archaeological sites in Ephesus.

Ephesus, which is one of the Seven Holly Churches mentioned in the Bible, particularly important for faith tourism.

UNESCO World Heritage

As one of the most important centres of the ancient era, Ephesus has been inhabited approximately for 9000 years throughout the periods of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Principalities and Ottoman.

It was a very prestigious port city and centre of culture and commerce, also one of the most important cities of the Antique Ionia.

Ephesus was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015. The whole site comprises Cukurici Mound, Ayasuluk Hill (Selcuk Fortress, Saint John Basilica built in the 6th century, Isa Bey Mosque which is a sample of Seljuk architecture, Isa Bey Bath, Temple of Artemis), House of the Virgin Mary, and of course Ephesus Ancient City.

  • Official Name: Ephesus
  • Architectural Type: Ancient City
  • Date of Inscription: 2015
  • Category: Cultural
  • Reference: 1018
  • Location: Izmir, Turkey

Don't Miss: Don't miss to journey throughout the archaeological ruins of Ephesus which contains successive settlements from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods.

Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus Amphitheatre, Selcuk, Izmir