Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, three kilometres southwest of present day Selçuk in İzmir Province. Built in the 10th century BC, the city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor.
The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis , one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid by the Goths. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River.
Ephesus is the 2nd best preserved ancient city in the work, and comes second only to Pompeii. It is believed at this stage, only 25% has been excavated. Due to the surrounding towns and cities, it may be impossible to ever fully excavate the site.
The site has been key in the formation of religions, as such, churches, a mosque and last year a synagogue have been found on this site.
The city is a major tourist attraction as you will see from the photos, it was hard to get really good set shots, but hopefully they will give you a feel of the place which was in truth amazing.
This site is incredibly fascinating and was well worth the trip. There was so much to see and visit that I doubt i caught even a fraction of it, so if you want to learn more about the site you can check out this site which has a lot more information.
I hope you enjoy these photo’s as much as I did the city.