What will you see in this tour ?
Biblical Ephesus - The Theatre where St Paul preached - Basilica of St John the Evangelist - House of The Virgin Mary
This special Ephesus tour, is for those who wish to follow the trail of Christian Heritage in Ephesus and is conducted by specialist guides. Spend time in wonder at the great Amfitheatre where St Paul once preached and was protested by the silver smiths of Ephesus.
Visit the first church ever dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, which was one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and the venue of the Third Ecumenical Council in 431 AD. This church is just a few hunderd metres from the main route through the ancient city and it is not included in most of the tours.
Next, just five kilometers ( three miles ) away near the peak of Mount Nightingale enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Mother of Christ spent her last years and died. Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary has been visited by three popes ( Paul VI,Jean Paul II and Benedict ) and is holy to both Christians and Moslems.
Finally after the tradional lunch in a Village clos eto 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.St.John established the 7 Churches which all are in the Aegean Region of Turkey.These are ; Ephesus,Smyrna,Laodiciae,Phlidelphia,Sardes,Pergamum,Thyatira