As you have come to know by now via Turkey Tours or blog posts on Travel Booking Turkey, our country is home to a vast number of ancient settlements. As the cradle of many civilizations, Turkey has cared for these ancient cities with utmost respect and dignity; turning them into living museums for all the world to see and get to know the heritage that belongs to the World. Among these, one ancient city in particular has been shown a staggering amount of interest due to its nearly perfectly intact overall structure and also due to its place in history. That settlement is called Ephesus.
There are multiple reasons as to why Ephesus Ancient City has been so popular and is included in many Turkey tour packages. As mentioned above, the first and foremost is the fact that it has been preserved in an amazingly intact form. So much so that one of the main attraction spots in the settlement – the Ephesus Houses – still feature near-pristine condition mosaics on the floors and walls, which in normal circumstances should have come apart and become barely recognizable based on the frailty of some other examples of the art form as you can inspect during our Daily Ephesus Tour from Istanbul or 2 Days Ephesus Pamukkale Tour. Another criteria that has put Ephesus on the map since the ancient times was its unique location. Situated in the middle of an ever-busy trading route, the ancient city of Ephesus came to prominence as a wealthy port town that not only was a hub for import and export, but also as a producer of essential resources and crafting materials used back in the day. This ancient Greek city was an embodiment of their noble culture, mirroring their intense heritage all over with its greatly adorned architectural style. The overall importance of the town also led to it becoming a centre for education and information – greatly proven by the existence of the Library of Celsus which is considered to be the symbol of Ephesus. Aside from these, archaeologists and history enthusiasts recognize Ephesus due to the fact that it is home to one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World; Temple of Artemis of which remains can still be seen today in many of our Turkey Tours including 7 Days Turkey Tour itinerary.
Pagan history is not the only aspect there is to Ephesus, as it is also one of the main spots which lead to the worldwide spread of Christianity. Many important Christian landmarks are located within its borders, including House of Virgin Mary which is believed to be the place where she lived her last days in after she escaped from the Romans with Saint John. After the conversion of Romans and Greeks into Christianity, the spot gained stellar fame and Saint John’s Basilica was built by the Byzantine Empire as a homage to the man himself. Today, both landmarks are often visited by Popes and cardinals of the Vatican and Greek Orthodox Church. But of course, we would not want to bury you in walls of text. Instead, we wish for you to see, hear, touch and interact with these marvels that have been entrusted to our nation so we take it upon ourselves as our solemn duty to promote globally; especially since they belong to all of us as humanity. Imperial Travel Turkey is more than ready with all means at the disposal of Travel Booking Turkey to help you create your own Turkey trip that does not miss out on stunning attractions just like Ephesus Ancient City. All you need to do is give us a holler!