What will you see in this tour ?
Ancient Ephesus - Terrace Houses - The Agora where St. Paul Produced Tents - Theatre where St. Paul preached - Ecumenical Church of Virgin Mary
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.
As an optional extra you can visit a special place in Ephesus which is rarely visited by tourists, the sacred and secret grotto of St Paul which is not normally open to the public. (12 minutes climb) We have to give at least five days notice and have to pay in advance to have it specially opened for our guests. The grotto of St.Paul in Ephesus,was discovered in 1906 and excavated by the Austrian Archaeological Institute by Prof.Dr.Karl Herold, leader of the restoration team.Just 15 years ago Prof.Dr.Renatte Pilinger,who is in charge of Early Christian Archaelogy uncovered important 6th century frescoes and inscriptions covered by plaster on the walls of the cave. These include images of the Virgin Mary, St Paul and St Thecla, the only known depiction of St Paul in Ephesus and the first showing him with his female disciple, St Thecla.
Three hunderd inscription and writing are in the grotto of St.Paul.They are five different layer of frescos dating between 2'nd and 6'th Centurys.The Grotto of St.Paul in Ephesus is 15 meter long,2 meters wird and 2.5 meters high.
eaving 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.Transfer back to Kusadasi port.