I can’t believed  I was able to visit the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Yes, it is  in Ephesus located in today’s place called Selçuk in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. I can’t even believed that I stepped to where Jesus walked before in this area.   That was truly a memorable moment in my life visiting historical places like Ephesus.This historical  ruins is truly worth to visit when you plan to go to Turkey.

The great  Theater in Ephesus, Turkey. Taken during our 10-day trip in Turkey last 2011. © www.europetravelpad.com

You might be familiar about the book of Ephesus in the Bible?   Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation.  The Gospel of John may have been written here.  The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils. It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard.

Today’s archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport.

Street  in Ephesus. That building you can see in the middle is the Library of Celsus. © www.europetravelpad.com

 The grounds of Ephesus are seen entirely on foot. Pathways are signed clearly and easily navigated as you make your way through the park. The ruins are situated on the bank of a hill. There are two entry/exit points. The entire ruins are easily covered on foot within two hours.

The ruins in Ephesus, Turkey during our visit last September 2011. © www.europetravelpad.com

The history of archaeological research in Ephesus stretches back to 1863, when British architect John Turtle Wood, sponsored by the British Museum, began to search for the Artemision. In 1869 he discovered the pavement of the temple, but since further expected discoveries were not made the excavations stopped in 1874. In 1895 German archaeologist Otto Benndorf, financed by a 10,000 guilder donation made by Austrian Karl Mautner Ritter von Markhof, resumed excavations. In 1898 Benndorf founded the Austrian Archaeological Institute which plays a leading role in Ephesus today.

Finds from the site are exhibited notably in the Ephesos Museum in Vienna, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selçuk and in the British Museum. wikipedia.

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