We will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. After landing Izmir Airport, drive to Selcuk town to visit Ephesus ancient city. First stop is the Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891. According to Catholic belief Mary was taken here by St. John and she spent rest of her earthly life there. After the Virgin Mary’s House we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, was the capital city of the Asia Minor during the Roman era. Acording to myht, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BC. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the remainings such as; State Agora, a market place and meeting point. Odeon (Bouleuterion), concert house and council. Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary. Domitian Square, a complex consists of temple, fountain and a bath. Curetes Street, collonaded and monumental Street in Ephesus. The Hadrian Temple, dedicated to Emperor Hadrian, dating to 2C AD. Latrines, the public toilets. Celsus Library, proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual, dates back to 2C AD. And the library had 12,000 scrolls. Forum, a commercial center located by the port.The Great Theater, the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity.
After Ephesus ancient city we drive to lunch at a local restaurant. And the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike the Modern and Ottoman architecture, It has geometrical architecture, roof and two minaretes. The mosque is still functoining for the five times prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque we drive to Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.
Lunch at local restaurant.
After the Ephesus Tour, drive back to airport. After landing back to Istanbul, transfer back to hotel.
Istanbul / Hotel or Adress