Ephesus is an ancient Turkish city, and visiting the place is a priority for every traveler. The colonnaded streets and marble mosques are a welcome sight for any history freak. However, that is not all. There is a lot more fun awaiting you once you are done marveling over the city’s rich history and culture.

To derive the optimal benefit from your visit, make sure to set aside plenty of time for exploration. There is so much to absorb that even a brief tour can consume several hours. With the Tripety Travel itinerary app, you can plan your visit so that you can visit every tourist spot and leave no stone unturned (literally and figuratively).

  • Ephesus houses the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
  • Ephesus has one of Turkey’s best outdoor museums.
  • Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the world – is in Ephesus.
  • The Grand Theater of Ephesus is 38 meters high and can accommodate nearly 25,000 people.
  • Before the advent of stone toilets, Ephesus had public latrines set side-by-side, without any partition. Slaves sat on the toilets to ‘heat’ them for their masters’ use.
  • Ephesus was initially constructed to be a seaport.
  • Heraclitus – the philosopher who famously said, “you cannot step into the same river twice” – was born in Ephesus.
  • Ephesus is the center of early Christianity. Both Saint John and Apostle Paul visited the city.

Ephesus Museum: This mesmerizing museum is situated right in the center of the city and is often the first stop for tourists. The museum displays some of the most invaluable artifacts from the city’s remarkable history, including the goddess Artemis’s magnificent statue. However, the most prominent feature of the Ephesus Museum is the Gladiator Room. This particular room exhibits the most notable discoveries from the gladiator cemetery, along with informational panels to expound on the life of an Ephesus gladiator.

Great Theater: The Great Theater is not only impressive because of its size, but also its excellent preservation over the centuries. The construction started during Claudius’ reign (AD 41-54) and concluded under Trajan (AD 98-117). The theater’s seats are divided into three by 22 tiers, broken down into sections by a dozen stairways. If you go to the top, you will be able to see the Old Harbor in what is a marvelous view.

Temple of Artemis: Once standing tall as one of the world’s seven wonders, the Artemis temple has been reduced to an isolated tower. The temple was constructed in the 6th century, elevated to an astounding height of 127 columns. Even though floods and fires did affect the temple over the centuries, it was twice restored to its initial glory. However, the Byzantine era finally spelled the end of this remarkable monument; the temple’s stones were used to construct other buildings, including Constantinople’s Hagia Sofia, where you can still see some of the temple’s marble slabs and columns.

With its history and versatility, it is no surprise that Ephesus is so popular among tourists around the world. To experience what makes the Turkish city so desirable, use the Tripety travel app and start planning the perfect holiday.

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