EPHESUS TOUR FROM IZMIR
Ephesus was once one of the most important port city of the antique world.
It was first founded on the northern slopes of the hills Coressus and Pion and south of the Kairos River.
According to the legend Androklos, son of Kodros, sailed towards the West Anatolian coast from Mainland Greece. The oracle told him that a fish and a boar would show him the spot where to found a city. When Androklos arrived at West Anatolian coast, he and his companions were very tired and decided to eat the fish they caught. All of a sudden the fish jumped out of the pan and frightened the boar beside and the boar started to ran away. On the spot where Androklos killed the boar founded the city of Ephesus.
Although to the foundation legend the research done on Ephesus reveal the foundation date around the Neolithic Period.
Ephesus also knew from the Hittite writings as Apasa.
The most known today Ephesus is the one survived from Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Today’s ruins promise the travelers glamorous days of Ephesus. Marble roads, theaters, monuments, temples will let you understand the prosperous life once lived in the city of Ephesus.
Ephesus is also important to have one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, Artemis Temple.
Visit Ephesus not only to experience the beauty of the antique world but also to feel the first footsteps of Christianity with the Church of Virgin Mary where the 3rd Ecumenical Council was held and also the House of Virgin Mary where she passed her last days of her life.