Imagine the rich past of Ephesus while climbing the theater steps
Set off for Ephesus, where you will spend several hours exploring one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. One of the most splendid cities of its time, Ephesus had a commanding location at the mouth of the Cayster River, making it the foremost commercial city of the region. As the river gradually changed course and the harbor silted up, Ephesus eventually lost its importance and was abandoned. The best-preserved classical city on the eastern Mediterranean and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what what life was like in Roman times, Ephesus has been under excavation for more than 100 years. You'll explore around, learn about, and marvel at the stunning ruins, including the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, the Sacred Way, the Great Theater, the agora, the Gate of Hercules, and more.
After visiting Ephesus, stop at nearby Meryemana, by legend -- and later affirmed by Pope Paul VI -- the house of the Virgin Mary near the end of her life. The house and its small shrine are visited by religious pilgrims, and the views of Ephesus and the surrounding countryside along the way are wonderful.
Return to your inn at Sirince village, where the remainder of the afternoon and evening are yours at leisure. You may wish to visit the ruins of the Church of St. John the Baptist to see its frescoes, wander the town's backstreets, see the lovely old houses, and poke your head into shops and homes selling locally-produced olive oil, wines, olive soap, handmade lace, and other finds.
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