Day 4: We arrived at Selcuk at about 07:00 am and checked into ANZ Guesthouse. We visited Ephesus and explored the ruins and then visited Mother Mary’s home, which many Catholics consider a pilgrimage. Later in the evening, we browsed through the Saturday Market at Selcuk.
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I have visited numerous ruins on my travels but the ones that impress me the most are those that really transport you in time. Ephesus was just that for me. The area these ruins cover is massive. You can spend hours walking around this ancient city that dates back to Greek and Roman times. The ancient city of Ephesus offers some of the best preserved ruins anywhere along the Mediterranean. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and is not to be missed. If you are a history and religious buff you will be interested in that fact that this ancient city was where Saint Paul addressed one of his epistles and that nearby is the house that the Virgin Mary was said to have lived and died in.
Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, was in Ephesus. • The statue of Artemis and her temple at Ephesus were built around 550 B.C. The temple of Artemis was deliberately burned down by Herostratos in an attempt to gain fame in 356 B.C. supposedly when Alexander the Great was born.
Ephesus is considered one of the great outdoor museums of Turkey and is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean which enable one to genuinely soak in the atmosphere of Roman times. Do you know that the Seven Churches of Revelation (mentioned in the Bible) was in Ephesus? (Revelation 2:1-7).