What will you see in this tour ?
Ancient Ephesus - The Agora where St. Paul Produced Tents - Theatre St. Paul preached - Ecumenical Church of Virgin Mary - Basilica of St. John - Selcuk Castle
St. Paul’s, was born in Tarsus (Turkey) in the first century AD.His 3 years of stay in Ephesus had important historical results for both Rome and Christianity.
We give you the opportunity to spend half of the day in the ancient Ephesus. You will enjoy the early christian historie of Ephesus, walk in the Agora where St. Paul worked as a tent maker and spend time in the biggest Amphitheatre in Turkey, which is one of the most important ones in the world, where he preached. This is also the great theater of Ephesus,where the silversmith Demetrius orgaized a demonstration against St.Paul. As St. Paul was in home arrest in Rome he wrote the famous Ephesians letter for the citizens of Ephesus.
You will also have chance to see 2000 years old paintings and mosaics in Terrace Houses ( Slope Houses ) which are unique in the world.In this ancient houses you will see how people were living in the past.
Then in the ancient side of Ephesus you will visit the church of Virgin Mary,the first church ever named after her. The Virgin Mary's Church is also very important as the 3rd ecumenical council was hold here in the summer of 431AD.
Leaving Ephesus ancient side,you will understand the importance of Ephesus ,for the early Christian historie.
After seeing the footprints of St. Paul in Ancient Ephesus, you will have a traditional lunch in a garden restaurant in a Village close to Ephesus.
Finally, 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.
Then you will follow a short path which will take you the enormous,ancient Byzantine Castle,build in 7th Century AD.This is the location where St.John,was speding his time,for writing the Gospel.From this great Castle on the hill,you will have wonderful view.
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