What will you see in this tour ?
Ancient Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, Ruins of the Artemis Temple, Basilica of St. John
We will welcome our guests at the port of Kusadasi ( Ephesus ) or Izmir. After 20 minutes drive a spectacular day will start. On the way your guide will give you information about the area and historie of Ephesus. In this ancient site you will see Hadrian’s, Trajan’s, Domitian’s Temples, the ancient Roman bath, three main streets of Ephesus called ; Curetes Street,Harbour Street, Marble Street, the Gate of Mihridates and Mazues, The Commercial Agora,where St.Paul used to make tents, the Latrina, the Scolastica Baths, The Trajan and Polio Fountains,the Memnius & Sulla Monument, the Prytaneion, the Odeon ( Buleterion ) , the State Agora, the wonderful Celcus Library and the biggest amphitheater in Turkey,where St.Paul preached.The Hadrian's Gate,the Gymnasium at the Theatre.the Milestones.
Artemis Ephesia was the main goddess of Ephesus and people of Ephesus built the biggest ancient temple ever dedicated to her. The Temple of Artemis (Artemision), was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World.
After the delicious tradional lunch in a peacefull garden restaurant at a Village next to Ephesus, you will visit the Basilica of St. John, which was a great church by Ephesus, constructed by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the burial site of St. John, who is identified as one of the 12 Apostles and Evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel and of Revelation). From the hill where the Basilica of St.John was erected, you will have a wonderful panoramic view of the valley of Ephesus and of town Selcuk.
Finally,you will drive to the mountain named Nightingale ,where the House of the Virgin Mary is located in a nature park nearby Ephesus . It is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ. The peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. Ephesus and this House was later visited by Popes Paul VI in the year 1967 and John Paul II,( 1979 ) , who confirmed its appropriateness as a place of pilgrimage. On November 29, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI visited and celebrated a mass in the House of the Virgin Mary.