While Marmaris provides you all the fun, comfort and excitement, Ephesus has something very interesting to offer. Marmaris Ephesus Tours is a real treat and you will be amazed to know the history of the biggest ancient city in Turkey. Ephesus is also known as one of the best preserved ancient city site in the Eastern Mediterranean. Situated at about 190 km from Marmaris, this ancient city site is on to the Turkey’s western coast.
Ephesus has many ancient monuments and their remnants in open; it appears as if this open air museum breathes, and lives with as many as 2 million people visiting this place annually. We will help you cover the 190 km journey from Marmaris in around 3 hours and with great comfort as it should be by our comfortable buses. Professional guides will help you know more about the place as you walk through Ephesus.
The ancient city site of Ephesus has many interesting and valuable archeological treasures like the Temple of Artemis, which is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Other monuments of interest include the Hadrian Temple, the Library of Celsus, and an impressively large ancient amphitheater, which had a capacity to accommodate 24,000 people at a time! The recent excavations have revealed that the present site has two more ancient cities buried beneath it. Thus Ephesus is the third city on the same platform and has a history that dates back to 245 BC. The Legend says that the first city was founded by female warriors known as Amazons. Carians and Lelegians are suggested to be the city’s first inhabitants.
The city has seen Ionians, Lydians, and Persians through the ages and when Romans took over the city in 129 BC, the city was teeming with 200,000 citizens inhabiting in it! Soon, Ephesus became an important center of trade and commerce in the ancient world. From the first century AD, Ephesus also saw Christian disciples visiting the place to spread the faith of one God. History says, St Paul remained here for three years and that St John and Virgin Mary had visited this place during their last days.
During Marmaris to Ephesus Excursion you will have 1 hour free time in the town Selcuk, you can either explore the town Selcuk or visit The House of Virgin Mary which is located on top of the ‘Bulbul’ Mountains. The House of Virgin Mary is a famous shrine hidden in the greenery. The place is a renowned ‘Pilgrimage Center’ for Christians. Please note that the entrance fee to the house of Virgin Mary is not included in the price.
Built in 117 AD, the Library of Celsus is one of the most astonishing monumental structures in Ephesus. With over 12,000 scrolls, it was only the third richest library in the ancient world after Alexandra and Pergamum.
One of the highlight of Marmaris to Ephesus Excursion is the grand theater of Ephesus which is located on the slopes of the Panayir Hill, the Grand Theater of Ephesus was constructed in the 3rd century BC during the Hellenistic period. Later on it was extended and strengthened during the Roman period; thus it became the largest ancient theater in Anatolia.