Around Ephesus City

Domitian Temple Altar in Ephesus Museum

Ephesus Museum

The Ephesus Museum is a rich and important museum for Ephesian and Anatolian archeology with artifacts from digs at Ephesus, The Basilica of St. John, Temple of Artemis, the Belevi Mausoleum and the other local ruins. Including artifacts from the Mycenian, Archaic and Turkish periods as well, the majority are from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine periods.

House of the Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary House

One of the other history about Virgin Mary’s House starts with a small girl who was a nun later in a Catholic church. The German nun, Katerin Emmerik who had lieved about two houndered years ago had some holly visions about all Mary’s life and spiritually connected with Virgin Mary by going into trances. She was whispering in a different language.

Selcuk Castle

Selcuk Castle

The Selcuk castle is situated on a hill to the north of the church. It is a Byzantine structure, repaired during the Aydinogullari Emirate, which displays building techniques of various periods. The perimeter measures nearly 1.5 km. There are fifteen towers and a mosque dating from the 14th Century.

Sirince Village - Greek Village

Sirince Village

Sirince Viilage referred in ancient sources as the “Ephesus on the Mountain” suggests long established settlement. Sirince is a pretty old Orthodox village in Selcuk, 12 km away from Ephesus, which was called Cirkince meaning ‘’ugly’’. Sirince village was built by the Greeks around 800 years ago and since the population exchange in 1924 has since been inhabited by Muslims from Salonica.

Seven Sleepers

Seven Sleepers

According to the written accounts, this the place where seven young man came to after running away from the city because of the persecution of Christians during the reign of Emperor Decius. They distributed all their goods to the poor and found a cave to pray. The emperor Decius, convinced that they would never favour paganism, had the cave sealed.

Priene Ancient City


The ancient horbor city of Priene changed its location when the silt of the Meander River threatened to bury it. Now it is nearly 16 km. away from the sea. The original place of the city has never been found, but it is thougt that it was a peninsula with two harbors. Priene was laid out on a Hippodamian system of grid plan at the foot of a spectacular cliff on Mount Mycale and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture.

Ancient City of Pergamon (Pergamum)


Pergamon was the ancient city which situated in modern-day Turkey. After the death of Alexander the Great, successor of him who is called Lysimachus chose Pergamon as the depository for his wealth. He placed nine thousand talents of gold in Pergamum and assign his lieutenant Philetaerus to control them.



Miletos is one of the oldest cities of Ionia, located north of Soke, about 60 km away from Kusadasi. The city was on the point where the Buyuk Menderes (“Meander”) flew into the Aegean Sea. Because of the alluviums, Miletos has been remote several times from sea, which explains that one can see today different harbors.

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