Questions and Answer about Ephesus Archeological Site

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Why was Ephesus abandoned?

Sadly, Ephesus died, as you can tell, and was abandoned. The reason was silt build up in the harbor, which eventually reached the point where no ship could reach the city. Without ships, trade died. Without trade, the city died.
The semi-circular white blob in the top middle is a huge amphitheater with astounding acoustics. I know, I’ve walked these ruins. The almost-horizontal white line running from the amphitheater is the road to where the docks used to be. The left end of the road, which seems to stop abruptly, is where the docks would be if silt had not destroyed the harbor.

How old is Ephesus?

Ephesus was founded as an Attic-Ionian colony in the 10th century BC on a hill (now known as the Ayasuluk Hill), three kilometers (1.9 miles) from the center of ancient Ephesus.

Why is Ephesus important?

Ephesus remained the most important city of the Byzantine Empire in Asia after Constantinople in the 5th and 6th centuries. The loss of its harbor caused Ephesus to lose its access to the Aegean Sea, which was important for trade.

Where Ephesus Archeological Site is located?

It is located near the city of Selcuk in Izmir in Turkey.

Ephesus archaeological site entrance fee is free?

No, Ephesus archaeological site entrance fee is 100 Turkish Liras. You can reach at upper or lower gate at the place. April of every year, it’s announce the price of entry fee by Cultural and Tourism Ministry. By the inflation of the country, probably they increase always.

Ephesus archaeological site opening hours

Opening hours change by the season, in the summer time they are starting to open at 08.00 and last visitors can reach at 18:00, closing time is 19:00. But in the winter time is same opening hour but last visitor can enter at 16:00 and closing the site is 17:00