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Ephesus

Distance from hotel: 7 km

Ephesus was an ancient Greek city located 3 km away from present-day Selçuk district in the west coast of Asia Minor. It was one of the twelve Ionian Leagues during the Classical Greek era. Establishment of the city dates back to BC 6.000, Neolithic Age. The ruins of Ephesus is dispersed on approximately 8 kilometer radius due to being relocated numerous times throughout its history.

Seven Sleepers

Distance from hotel: 7 km

Transformed into a mortuary chapel during the Byzantine ruling, this location is believed to be the cave referring to the tale of seven Christian youths who took shelter in the skirts of Mount Pion (Panayır Dağı) escaping from pagan persecution during the reign of Decius, one of the Early Roman emperors.

Temple of Artemis

Distance from hotel: 8 km

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis is the first marble temple of the ancient world with its foundations dating back to 7th century BC. Built by Lydian King Croesus and dedicated to the goddess Artemis, the structure was decorated with bronze sculptures modeled by the great sculptors of the era. The temple was used as a marketplace and a religious house. The Temple of Artemis was burnt in BC 356 by a Greek named Herostratus to immortalize his name. A few marble blocks of the temple still remain.

Library of Celcus

Distance from hotel: 7 km

One of the most beautiful buildings of the Roman era, the structure was used as a library and a mausoleum. In 106 AD when Celsus, the governor of Ephesus, passed way his son constructed the library as a monumental tomb in honor of his father. The tomb of Celsus lies beneath the west wall of the library. The façade was restored between 1970-1980.

House of the Virgin Mary

Distance from hotel: 15 km

9 km away from Selçuk, the House of the Virgin Mary is located on Mount Koressos (Bülbül Dağı). Jesus left his mother, Virgin Mary, with St. John before he was arrested and crucified. St. John and the Virgin Mary leave Jerusalem under domestic riots and arrive at Ephesus, the largest city of the era. St. John hides the Virgin Mary in a cabin in Mount Koressos. Research revealed that the house the Virgin Mary spent her last days is this location. The domed building with a cross shaped plan was later restored. Elevated as a Christian Holy Place by the Vatican in 1967, a mass is conducted on the first Sunday after August 15 and the participants are conferred as Pilgrims.

Isa Bey Mosque

Distance from hotel: 8 km

The mosque was built by Aydinoglu Isabey in 1375. Architectural pieces, the columns in particular, brought from Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis were used for its construction. Exhibiting one of the earliest examples of the Anatolian mosque architecture, the mosque features a rich array of tiles and engravings. The mosque was also used as a caravanserai in the 19th century.

Basilica of St. John

Distance from hotel: 8 km

Saint John is one of the 12 Apostles of the Christ traveling to proselytize Christianity. Saint John devoted his entire life for proselytizing Christianity, and was buried in Ayasoluk Hill. Respecting his wish, five additional surrounding graves were built to form a crucifix pattern. A small church was built on his grave after his death. During his reign in the bright eras of the Byzantine Empire, King Justinian (527-565) ordered an unprecedented church to be built replacing the small church. Completed in a short period of time, the church was inaugurated with a big ceremony. The two-story domed church features a magnificent yard surrounded by columns.

Selçuk Fortress

Distance from hotel: 10 km

Recent studies revealed that, the citadel, located on the highest point of the hill, north of the Basilica of Saint John, is on top of the first settlement of Ephesus. The present-day walls date back to Byzantine, Aydinoglu, and Ottoman eras. Stone pavement streets, cisterns of various sizes, a mosque, and the ruins of a church on the highest point still remain in the inner part of the fortress. Furthermore, a ruin located west of the mosque, possibly a fortress bath house, has also been discovered.

Kuşadası

Distance from hotel: 12 km

Kuşadası is a district of the city of Aydın, Turkey. It is 95 km away from İzmir city center. Established on the shore of the Aegean Sea, the district is one of the most significant tourism centers of Turkey. Named after the district, the Kuşadası Bay and the surrounding region are known for being art and culture centers and have hosted many civilizations since the ancient eras.

Şirince

Distance from hotel: 20 km

Şirince is located 8 km east of the Selçuk district of İzmir, famous for the ruins of Ephesus, on a hillside surrounded by vineyards, peach orchards, and olive groves. Featuring relics of the 19th century Anatolian lifestyle at every corner, Şirince houses consist of old Greek houses restored in accordance with contemporary requirements and adhering to local architecture. Olive oils produced in Şirince are the best olive oils produced in the South Aegean. Famous for its fruit wines, the village also features two Greek church ruins.