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Biblical Ephesus Tour

Biblical Ephesus Tour

Ephesus + House Of Virgin Mary + Temple Of Artemis + Saint John Basilica

You will be met by your private guide at Kusadasi / Ephesus Port. First, we will drive to House of Virgin Mary by your new brand of van. House of Virgin Mary is one of the pilgrimage centres of Christians where Virgin Mary passed her recently time and died. Pope Paul VI visited here in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and finally Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. While their visiting, they left some gifts for this shrine what you can see during your visit. After House of Virgin Mary, our next stop will be Ehesus Ancien City. Ephesus is one of the best well-kept Greco- Roman ancient cities in the world, famous with Odeon which is known as concert hall and council of the city; Domitian Temple which is one of the first temples in the age dedicated for a human; Celcius Library which was the third biggest library in the ancient world; Amphitheatre where is one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world with 24.000 people capacity and where St. Paul preached; Roman Baths ; Fountains; Temples; Agora; Love House; Public Toilets. After Ephesus, we will visit Saint John Basilica where Apostle John spent his final years and he was buried.Then, our next stop will be Temple of Artemis which is one of the seven wonders of Ancient time.

Notes

• Minimum required time for this tour is 5 hours.
• Terrace Houses are not recommended for disable people because of the steps.
• According to your request, we can skip some of the sights of above program.
• We are stationed in Ephesus / Kusadasi. Please get in touch for details of our tours in other cities/locations such as Istanbul and Izmir.

Places to Visit

• House of Virgin Mary Information
• Ephesus Ancient City Information
• Saint John Basilica Information
• Temple of Artemis Information

Including

• Professional Licensed Local Tour Guide
• Luxury Air-Conditioned New Brand of Van
• Private Driver
• All Parking Fees
• %100 Satisfaction

Discounted Prices
Special Discount for CruisersBook Istanbul and Ephesus Tours Together Get Special Offer

For parties of 2
200-EUR 150-EUR
For parties of 3
250-EUR 200-EUR
For parties of 4
300-EUR 250-EUR
For parties of 5 to 6
340-EUR 290-EUR
For parties of 7 to 8
400-EUR 320-EUR
For parties of 9 to 10
420-EUR 340-EUR
For parties of 11 to 14
450-EUR 360-EUR

For parties over 14 guests, please contact us.
Above prices are for parties, NOT FOR EACH PERSON.

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Ephesus Ancient City

Ephesus Ancient City

Ephesus was an ancient city which is located on the west coast of Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the fourth largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. Here was the capital of Roman Empire in Asia Minor. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbour was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes). Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC.

Today, it contains one of the largest collection of Roman ruins in the world. Ephesus’ main attraction is the fact that much remains intact and so little imagination is needed to see what the Roman city would have looked like. Archaeological site of Ephesus lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey. Only 15% of its area was explored by archaeologists. The ruins that are visible give some idea of the city's original splendor, and the names associated with the ruins are evocative of its former life. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kusadasi. In additionally, here is one of the great outdoor museums of the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians because of its association with several Biblical figures. Here was one of the seven churches of Asia Minor that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. Probably, John the Apostle brought Virgin Mary to here after Jesus was crucified and both of them were died here. Tomb of John the Apostle is here even today.

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House of Virgin Mary

House of Virgin Mary

It is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether or not she died in Ephesus was not known until Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision. The stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to the German writer Clemens Brentano who later published a book about it. Catherine Emmerich died in 1884. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich’s descriptions. Archeological evidence showed that the little house was from the 6C AD but that the foundations were from the 1C AD.

This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

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Terrace Houses

Terrace Houses

Ephesus terrace houses are located at the slope of hill, opposite the of Hadrian Temple. Here is called as “the houses of rich people”, important for the reason give us information about family life during the Roman period. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan of the city in which roads transected each other at right angels.

There are seven residential units on three terraces at the lower end of the slope of the Bulbul Mountain. The oldest building dates back into the 1C BC and continued in use as residence until the 7C AD. Ephesus terrace houses are covered with protective roofing which resembles Roman houses. The mosaics on the floor and the frescos have been consolidated and two houses have been opened to the public as a museum.

They had interior courtyards (peristyle) in the center, with the ceiling open. They were mostly two-storied, upper stores have collapsed during time. On the ground floor there were living and dining rooms opening to the hall, and upstairs there were bedrooms and guest rooms.

The heating system of the terrace houses were the same as that in baths. Clay pipes beneath the floors and behind the walls carried hot air through the houses. The houses also had cold and hot water. The rooms had no window, only illuminated with light coming from the open hall, so that most of the rooms were dim. The excavations of the terrace houses started in 1960. The restoration of the houses have been finished and can be visited today.

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Temple of Artemis

Temple of Artemis

Artemis was the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon. At Ephesus a goddess whom the Greeks associated with Artemis was passionately venerated in an archaic icon. The original was carved of wood, with many breast-like protuberances apparently emphasizing fertility over the virginity traditionally associated with the Greek Artemis. Like Near Eastern and Egyptian deities (and unlike Grek ones), her body and legs are enclosed within a tapering pillar-like term, from which her feet protrude.

On the coins minted at Ephesus, the many-breasted Goddess wears a mural crown (like a city’s walls). She rests either arm on a staff formed of entwined serpents or of a stack of ouroboroi the eternal serpent with its tail in its mouth. Like Cybele, the goddess at Ephesus was served by hierodules called megabyzae, and by maidens (korai).

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Saint John Church

Saint John Church

The Basilica of St. John was a great church in Ephesus was constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). The basilica is located on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selçuk, just below the fortress and about 3.5 km (2 miles) from Ephesus.

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