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  • Hadrian Temple EPHESUS-IZMIR - Izmir
      Hadrian Temple EPHESUS-IZMIR
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  • Ancient theatre EPHESUS-IZMIR - Izmir
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  • Efes /Selcuk Museum - Izmir
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Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city on the Mediterranean,and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in Roman times. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World, this Ionian refuge grew to be the second largest city in
the Roman Empire, the site of a Christian shrine, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary,accompanied by St. Paul, came to Ephesus atthe end of her life,circa 37-45 AD. Renaissance church historians mentioned the trip, and it is said that local Christians venerated a small house near Ephesus as Mary's. In 1967 Pope Paul VI. visited the site, where a chapel now stands, and confirmed the authenticity of the legend. Also the Basilica of St. John is located near Ephesus. St. John is said to have lived the last years of his life here and after his death, a shrine was located over his grave .

Directions: You can take bus form main coach station of Izmir to Selchuk then 3 km later you are in magnificient Ephesus :)

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  • Written Feb 27, 2009
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