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Ephesus is generally considered to be the best preserved Roman ruins in the Eastern Mediterranean. This makes the site one of the most important attractions in Turkey and for certain, one of the most crowded.
The history of Ephesus begins with actually serving as a port for in ancient times, the seacoast was much further inland than it is today. During these times it was sort of a prosperous city-state. Unfortunately, the locals were not all that keen on military affairs and envious neighbors attacked and destroyed the place. The city was rebuilt but fell under the political control of the series of invaders that dominated the region. Eventually the city fell under the control of the Romans. They much admired the city and its premiere attraction, the Temple of Artemis. Each succeeding emperor would do what he could to enhance its beauty, hence such stunning buildings like the Library of Celsus were built. The city fell into decline when its port began to silt up. By the 7th century A.D. it was basically nothing more than a provincal town.
Thankfully, as in the case of the most great ruins, because the city was essentially ignored over the centuries, the ruins were not built over by other buildings. Therefore the city survived relatively well preserved. Today it is visited by hordes of tourists in the busloads. This means that you should visit the city early in the day. It is open from 8am to 7pm during the tourist season. It cost $10.00 for admission.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of the great archeaological ruins in the Mediterranean
  • Cons:Sometimes very hot and always very crowded
  • In a nutshell:A visit to Turkey is not complete until you have visited Ephesus
  • Last visit to Ephesus: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 5, 2006
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 8:38 AM

    What an HONEST, informative, interesting introduction. Sure glad I visited in early Spring because there were no crowds. Having seen and loved Ephesus, I admire your personal insights and outstanding photos.

  • albaaust's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Once again some detailed, useful tips Paul.

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 10:14 PM

    Wonderful page and very beautiful pictures, Paul. Actually the first one with the library without someone in it, really surprised me. It is always so croweded. But is one of Turkey's must visit places.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2006 at 8:36 AM

    Usually I'm not very interested in ruins, but these sure look interesting. Probably because they're so well preserved compared to others.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 11:10 AM

    A very impressive site -- no wonder it's so popular!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks paul. your comments make the prospect of visiting ephesus more enjoyable.

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2005 at 1:06 PM

    I really enjoyed my visit to Ephesus, and your pages brought back fond memories. Excellent photos and descriptions! Thanks for visiting my San Ignacio page.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2005 at 8:47 PM

    Very good page that reminds me my visit to Ephesus ! Haha, I did not know that Artemis might wear not breasts but severed testicles ! In Marseille, another Artemis statue is on display with even more UHO (unidentified hanging objects)

  • Sep 21, 2005 at 1:24 PM

    a very historic page

  • belgianchocolate's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2005 at 6:33 PM

    I once hope to see a lot more of Turkey...To do some travelling around. I do like Side... The best fish I've ever ate. lol


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