The ancient Roman city of Ephesus is one of the most famous historical sites in Turkey today. Located near Selcuk in modern Turkey, Ephesus used to be the commercial hub for the Mediterranean in its heyday, a mixing pot of culture and commerce that made it a true ancient metropolis.
Today, it holds ancient ruins that attract thousands of visitors every year. A typical tour through the ancient ruins offers a hands-on experience in culture and history. Top attractions include the Temple of Hadrian with its ornate columns, remnants of the ancient public toilets, the Gate of Augustus, the 2,000-year-old carving of the goddess Nike, and the imposing Library, set against the lush green hills of Izmir. Arrive early in the morning so you finish by 1 PM to avoid the crowds.Places nearby:
Ephesus Museum: A Glimpse of an Ancient City 2 km / 1 mi
Temple of Apollo: Ruins Dedicated to the God of the Sun 62 km / 38 mi
Castle Bodrum, Turkey: The historic castle turned into Underwater Archaeology Museum 100 km / 62 mi
Bodrum Castle: Medieval and Ottoman Might 101 km / 62 mi
The Marmaris Castle: The famous Turkish castle dating back to 1044 BC 146 km / 91 mi