Ephesus is about 210 Km north-west of Marmaris, it is a journey around two and a half hours driving along the freeways with sparse traffic (via D550). We offer special Marmaris Ephesus Tour, which gives you an excellent opportunity to learn more about the ancient city site of Ephesus. On these regular tours, our professional tour guides accompany you to all the sites on our list. With exhaustive information about the tour programs, our friendly and English speaking tour guides are always ready with an answer for your queries on site. Apart from visiting the ancient city site, our daily Marmaris Ephesus Tour includes a visit to the popular shrine of the House of Virgin Mary over the Bulbul Mountain (a place just 9 Km from Ephesus).
Earliest Settlements in Turkey
The earliest human settlements in Turkey date back to 9th century BC. Recent excavations have revealed over 300 ancient cities on the Aegean coast alone! The biggest and the most interesting one of the time is the ancient Greek settlement of Ephesus, a place just 3 Km from the modern day Selcuk in Izmir Province. The city was founded by Greek colonists in the 10th century BC. Ephesus became famous by its grand building, the Temple of Artemis. This grand temple with over hundered huge and high columns supporting an immense temple roof was regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. During the Roman Period, Ephesus had grown as a massive province city with a population of over 250,000.
Turkey’s Largest Open Air Museum
With the recent excavations, Ephesus has become one of the largest open air museums in Turkey and a major tourist attraction. This huge archaeological site attracts close to 2 million people annually. The city has captivating sites such as The Ancient Artemis Temple, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, and the remains of an impressively large amphitheatre, which used to host 24,000 people at a time.
Ephesus and the early Christian Period
In fact, Ephesus has a good connection with Christianity as well. St Paul, a disciple of Christ, stayed in the city for nearly three consecutive years (53 to 57 AD). He congregated and organized missionary activities into the hinterlands. The 1Corinthians were written during his stay here. It is also believed that Virgin Mary accompanied St John to stay on top of the Bulbul Mountain, the place popularly known as the House of Virgin Mary until her Assumption. The site is rightfully declared as a holy pilgrimage by the Supreme Church of Vatican. John, one of the chief apostles also has an Ephesus connection. It is said ‘the Gospel of John’ was written by him in Ephesus around 90-100 AD. Join our Marmaris Ephesus Tour to explore the ancient city of Ephesus from Marmaris.