Ancient Ephesus is in Turkey
Ephesus was founded in the 10th century BC as an Attic-Ionian colony and is one of the best historical tourist attractions in Turkey and the world. Now it is one of the wonders of the world, due to its magical past and present, which history books tell us until today. Therefore, it was one of the most important Mediterranean cities that combined great culture, diversity and civilization. Ephesus Turkey has a great history in Asia Minor in Roman times, as more than 250,000 people lived here!
The ruined city of Ephesus, pronounced Eph-e-sus (as [efəsəs]), is a true wonder, as it is a place of great historical, cultural and architectural significance. Have treasures as ancient as the remains of the giant Temple of Artemis, the luxurious Library of Celsus, a large 25,000-seat amphitheater still in existence, the well-preserved temple of Emperor Hadrian, and the well-kept Casas de las Casas (Houses of the Rich). In addition to having a very important association with early Christianity.
Ephesus is also known as; Ephisus, Ephasus or Ephesis [ph]). It means in Greek: “overseer” and in the Bible: “desirable” and in Hebrew: “Asia”, as in the past when referring to Asia, people meant “Ephesus”.
And if you are wondering where this legendary city can be found, it is approximately 1 km from the city of Selcuk, in the Izmir district, in present-day western Turkey. Technically it is located on the Asian continent, but in fact it is right on the border with Europe. It is famous for many things and was heavily influenced by both its Greek founders and its Roman conquerors. So because of this prestigious UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) it has made it a World Heritage site.
In biblical times it exchanged hands many times, having been ruled by the Ionian League and by the Persian, Roman, Byzantine and finally Ottoman empires. Before finally becoming what is now the current country of Turkey.
The best time of year to visit the ruins is in April, May, October and November, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. In addition, the climate is moderate throughout the country and the days are long. Visiting in April is recommended for warmer weather, but be prepared for a rainy day or two – the main advantage of visiting in April or May is that the ancient city ruins will be free from the crowd. Consider wearing flat shoes that do not slip and you can also wear sneakers or slippers to enjoy walking. If you prefer to visit in the hot summer, make sure you have your sunscreen / sunburn cream, a hat, and sunglasses. Also be sure to arrive early in the day to avoid the crowd from being able to take full advantage of other historic attractions or sights in the surrounding area. One day is enough, but there are nearby attractions that you need 2 days with. Just for the ancient city ruins, you will need 6 hours. You should also consider going in the morning before the crowds start to arrive.
As there is so much to see there, it is best to make it an all-day event, to really appreciate all its splendors.
While it is 62 kilometers by car from Izmir Airport, it is about 80 kilometers by car from Izmir port (Izmir used to be the ancient city of Izmir). If you want to come to Ephesus from Izmir airport or port alone, you can do it by bus or minibus, please note that most of them will drop you off at Selcuk bus station where you will travel on another short trip with minibus to Leave you at the main entrance gate of Ephesus, which is 1 km by car from Selcuk. The ruins of the city are 18 kilometers by car from the port of Kusadasi (also known as the port of Ephesus). You can go in front of any large hotel, buses pass from there to go to Selcuk, then the minibus from there will drop you at the main gates of Ephesus.