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Ephesus Tour from Istanbul is a private tour. Please note that, we recommend an early start as early as possible. A one day tour from Istanbul to Ephesus ruins can best be done by flight.
We will transfer you from your hotel in Istanbul to Istanbul Atatürk Airport for your flight to Izmir .When you arrive the airport of Izmir your private guide will be waiting you and your enjoyable day will start up. Biblical Ephesus tour contains the most popular Christian attractions in Ephesus area. This tour will provide too much history of Christianity of the area.
Ephesus Ancient City ;
The Ancient City of Ephesus,called the centre of civilizations,was the capital of the Asian State of the Roman Empire,and was once the Roman Empire,and was once the most populated city in Anatolia,with a population of 200,000 between the years 100-200.Ephesus witnessed many historic events including the efforts of St.Poul to spread Christianity,visits by the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and the Roman Emperor Mark Anthony,and the last days of the Virgin Mary and St.John.
House of Virgin Mary;
The House of Virgin Mary ,who is considered to be the holy mother of Christianity.Jesus Christ asked St.John, one of his disciples, to provide protection for his mother,Mary,before he died on the cross.It is believed that based on this, St. John thought it unwise for the Virgin Mary to stay in Jerusalem, so brought her with him to Ephesus.Here she remained hidden in a cottage, surrounded by dense trees, on the outskirts of Mount Bülbül.The Virgin Mary remained here until she passed away.
The Temple of Artemis ;
The Temple of Artemis was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.The Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus was the other wonder in western Asia Minor. The temple is sitting at a great place where you can see 3 different religion’s worship places as a Greek-Pagan Temple, a Mosque and a Church in the same angle.
Basilica of St.John ;
According to Christian tradition emerging at the beginning of the 2nd century,St.John,one of Jesus Christ’s disciples,is cited as being one of the authors of Bible.Following his death , a simple grave was built for him on the southern slope of Ayasuluk Hill. A wooden roofed basilica was built on this grave at the beginning of the 5th century,but this structure was replaced by Emperor Justinian in the mid 6th century,with a new domed basilica based on cross design.From the 6th century following the relocation of Ephesians to Ayasuluk,St.John’s Basilica became the location of the ancient Bishopric Church,and Ayasuluk Hill was ancircled by perimeter walls.
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