Ephesus, for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, and with a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC.
However the city is believed to date back to the 10th Century BC. Ruled by various empires throughout the centuries including the Greeks and Ottomans it remained a harbour city for 1000’s of years but as the harbour gradually silted over its people were forced to move inland to what is now modern day Selcuk.
The ruins that can be seen today are incredible and some of the best preserved in the eastern Mediterranean. They’re also one of the most visited sites in Turkey and large numbers of tourist groups visit each day. If you’d like to visit the ruins in a quieter time arrive between 0800 and 0900 to avoid some of the crowds. This will also allow you to have some uninterrupted photo opportunities. Opening time is 8am and there is an admission fee.
Ephesus is a museum within itself. It’s spread over a very large area and allows you to get up close and personal with some amazing architecture. Walk the preserved streets, through enormous and grand structures (most of which are the remains of public buildings) and scale the tops of the theatres. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
There is a huge array of impressive buildings to discover including the massive 24,000 capacity Theatre (believed to be the largest outdoor theatre in the ancient world) the Library of Celsus, Marble Road, Harbour Street, Temple of Hadrian and many, many more.
The Ephesus Terrace houses are in a separate covered area within the ruins. There’s a separate admission fee but they’re well worth a look.
In summer you’ll need sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, water and possibly a sun umbrella to help cope with the heat.
Affordable accommodation in the heart of history.