Ephesus

Ephesus
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Ephesus contains successive settlements from the Neolithic, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Selçuk and Ottoman periods. The property is located at the Aegean Coast of Turkey.

This site comprises 4 locations:

  • Cukurici Mound
  • Ancient City of Ephesus
  • Ayasuluk Hill, the Artemision and the Medieval Settlement
  • The ‘House of Virgin Mary’

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Jay T

USA - 03-Jan-16 -

Ephesus by Jay T

Ephesus was one of the great cities of antiquity, and erstwhile home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After its harbor silted up, Ephesus lost value as a commercial center and never recovered. However, it left behind impressive ruins, which unfortunately don't include the Temple of Artemis. Ephesus is also important for Christian travelers, both for its Biblical history and as a pilgrimage site to the believed last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus. With such history I was surprised it took until 2015 for the city to become a World Heritage Site. I visited Ephesus in the spring of 2013, and thoroughly enjoyed wandering the ruins of the city. The restored façade of the Library of Celsus was magnificent, as was the large theater at the end of the former Harbor Street. Also on view were ancient baths, the agora, and a smaller Odeon theater. Although I didn't visit them, there was an archeological excavation of Terrace Houses on display for an additional fee. Ephesus was crowded with tour groups, but I didn't notice them because the city was so fascinating to explore.

Logistics: Ephesus is located near Selçuk, and can be reached by walking, biking, minibuses, or private transportation or tours. Ephesus is a popular stop for cruise ships, which often bring large tour groups.


Michiel Dekker

The Netherlands - 01-Oct-10 -

Beautiful site with a lot of history. Also the site of one of the seven wonders of the world; the Temple of Artemis (eventhough not much remains of this site).

Worth a visit and worthy to be a World Heritage Site.


Christine Gravlin

United States - 19-May-09 -

This is a wonderful place to visit and experience history. I hope that it will be made permanent site. It needs to be preserved.


Site Info

Full Name
Ephesus
Unesco ID
1018
Country
Turkey
Inscribed
2015
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3 4 6
Categories
Archaeological site - Ancient Greece
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Site History

2015 Inscribed

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The site has 4 locations

Ephesus: Ancient city of Ephesus
Ephesus: Ayasuluk Hill, Artemision and Medieval Settlement
Ephesus: Cukurici Mound
Ephesus: House of Virgin Mary

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