Ephesus & Aegean Tours
Welcome to Turkey and the Ephesus region. You arrive in the morning and will begin your tour today, starting with a tour of the Ancient city of Ephesus and some of the highlights of the region.
The Ancient city of Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ruins of a metropolis, during the height of its power, there were over 200,000 people living in the city around 3000 years ago. The main street of offers a look at the ruins of the ancient businesses and homes, including; Public Latrines, Homes, with gates showing the ways the street heads to different parts of the city. Outside the city centre, you will find gymnasiums and 25,000 seat theatre.
During the Greek era, they built many opulent and grand temples to the Gods and Goddesses, however few rivals the Temple of Artemis. One of the Seven Ancient Wonders, the temple was described by an ancient Greek poet to put the other monuments, including the statue of Zeus, to shame saying only Olympos the home of the gods surpasses its grandness. Today the ruins do not show the true beauty that was once the temple, however, the foundations and pillars that remain give an idea of how imposing the building would have been original.
From ancient religion to one that has lasted the test of time, you will head to a humble home hidden in the hills. This home may not seem much when you first arrive, giving an air of simple times have had enough but not too much, this home belonged to the Virgin Mary. As you look around the house there is not a lot of excessivenesses; a food and eating room, a living and sleeping room, and an altar for prayer to good with images of Jesus. The one extravagance for the time is a personal well just outside the building.
IsaBey Mosque is an ancient place of worship that was designed for the leader of this region of the Aydinid Dynasty. This mosque was built with the leader Isa Bey in mind, with two entrances to the East and West both with fountains to allow for pre-prayer washing to be undertaken. Originally there were two minarets where the call to prayer would have been sung, however, one has been totally destroyed and the other has the top section missing. Inside the open hall, the tall ceilings and large windows offer plenty of light to walk around this ancient place of worship.
Tonight, you will spend the night in Selcuk or Kusadasi