Ancient Ephesus Through the Ages: Hellenistic and Roman
This is a wonderful journey through some of the
most important and formative periods of history
and we hope you will be enthralled by the stories
of the Hellenes, Romans and of Christianity in our
fascinating exploration of Ephesus.
This marvellous city, sitting on the hills outside
Kusadasi is a fabulous open air archaeological wonder
founded by the Greeks around 2000 BC. It was one
of the most important cities of the region and was
dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
The Temple built in her honour was one of the Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World. It had more than 100
marble pillars each standing 56 feet tall and it earned
the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’
A single pillar remains standing on the site, found
during an excavation in the 1870s. We will be able
to see the Agora, Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the
marvel-paved Main Street of Curetes, the Baths of
Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian
and the Houses of Koressus, where the wealthy
families of Ancient Ephesus lived.
Only 13 per cent of Ephesus has so far been
uncovered. The finds from the excavations made
so far are housed in the Archaeological Museum of
Ephesus in the city of Selcuk.
We have time for shopping for carpets, jewellery,
leather and other souvenirs at the end of our tour.