The ruins of Ephesus is one of the most popular places that today is visited by many tourists in Turkey. In ancient times, Ephesus was a large, rich and important commercial and religious city. The population of the city in the 1st century AD amounted to about 300 thousand people! Currently, only the small settlement of Ayia Soluk (today Selchuk) remains from the once majestic city.
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Walking through the ruins of the city, you can realize how magnificent this city was in antiquity. Here you can see the elegant library of Celsus, which previously housed numerous scrolls. You can also walk around the huge market square, where business issues were previously resolved, and trade was conducted. You can walk along the Marble Road, which leads to the Bolshoi Theater and accommodates up to 25 thousand spectators! There was also the Maly Theater, accommodating about 1,500 spectators.
In addition, in the city were: the temple of Artemis, the stadium, the town square, public fountains, gymnasiums for sports competitions, etc. Well preserved many columns and reliefs!
Ephesus was the center of worship of the goddess Artemis and widely known as a city in which magic flourished. It is also noteworthy that in the 1st century AD thanks to the sermons of the apostle Paul, many inhabitants of Ephesus abandoned the worship of Artemis, and also burned their books on magic and became Christians. The Bible (in the book of Acts) describes these events. Therefore, this city where the apostle Paul preached today is of great interest to those who are interested in the history of the development of Christianity.
Kusadasi – Ephesus. Distance. How to get there
The distance between the center of Kusadasi and the ancient city of Ephesus is about 17 km. If you don’t have your own transport, then it is easier to get from Kusadasi to Ephesus, of course, by taxi. It will cost up to 100 lire.
Dolmushi or minibuses to the city of Selchuk also often go from the central stop. Fare: up to 10 lire. Drive about 25 minutes. The ancient city of Ephesus is on its way to Selcuk, not reaching it a bit. So you can tell the driver what you need in Ephesus and he will stop at the right place along the highway. From there, you will need to walk 1 km to Ephesus itself.
You can also get to the final stop (Selcuk bus station). And already there take the minibus to Ephesus. Fare Selcuk -> Ephesus: about 4 lire.
Get back to Kusadasi in the same way: by taxi or by minibus. If on a minibus, you can first get on one minibus to Selcuk, and from there on another minibus to Kusadasi. Or from Ephesus walk to the highway and already there take the minibus, which will go from Selchuk.
Entrance to Ephesus. Cost
Entrance to Ephesus per person costs 72 lire. If you have a residence permit in Turkey, you can purchase a museum card (a little expensive), which gives you the opportunity to visit many museums in Turkey (including Ephesus) for free an unlimited number of times during the year.
If you want to visit Ephesus with a guide, you can book a tour here. Transport is included in the price.
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