Ephesus - Turkey
Few places can rival Rome for astounding ancient Roman ruins, but Ephesus is arguably the closest to matching the ancient capital’s majesty. The city is one of the greatest examples of the Ancient Greco-Roman world, which after nearly 150 years of excavation reveals the archaeological beauty and splendour of the great empires. The capital city of Roman Asia Minor was famous long before it was taken by the Romans, thanks to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This temple was a major pilgrimage site, and remains a hugely worthwhile trip. Ephesus itself is home to a plethora of ancient treasures, including the wonderful Library of Celcus, a terrific example of the two-story façade typical of the Roman era. The Great Theatre is another fantastically excavated site, arguably the best preserved Greco-Roman theatre in the world. A trip to Ephesus is truly like stepping back in time to an Ancient world lovingly restored
for your pleasure.
Where is it?
Ephesus is situated on the west coast of Turkey on the Aegean Coast, close to the city of Selcuk.
What is it?
The ancient city moved from Ancient Greek to Roman hands in 129BC, and was a hugely important site thanks to its coastal location, drawing in sailors and traders from all over the Mediterranean Sea.
Best time to visit?
The best time to visit Ephesus is in April and May, before the scorching Turkish summer which often brings in temperatures that climb over 40 degrees centigrade.
Hercules Gate stands out as one of the very best sites in Ephesus, despite its smaller stature. At the end of the Curetes Street, itself lined by various pillars and statues, the gate stands in homage to the Roman god of power and strength in the form of two huge, intricate ancient statues.