10 Intriguing Facts About Ephesus

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Wishing wall at the house of Mary in Ephesus
Wishing wall at the house of Mary in Ephesus
  1. The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was burned down by Herostratus on the same night when Alexander the Great was born.
  2. Ephesus of Asia Minor was located by the Aegean Sea and it was the main port city connecting Eastern and Western parts of the Roman Empire.
  3. Paganism was the dominant religion in Ephesus till the 4th century when Christianity took over.
  4. A column from the temple of Artemis temple with Croesus’s signature is in British Museum today.
  5. Emperor Theodosius of the Byzantine Empire destroyed all the leftovers of the temple of Artemis in Ephesus.
  6. The first railway line stop in Anatolia was nearby Ephesus and called Ayasuluk station which was built in 1867.
  7. When Ottomans took control of Selcuk city in the 15th century, Ephesus was already abandoned for nearly one millennium.
  8. House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus is not just a place of pilgrimage for Christians also for Muslims.
  9. Besides, hosting the temple of Artemis, Ephesus once had 15 other temples built for 15 other gods in the same time.
  10. Most of the ruins that we see in Ephesus today are from Emperor Augustus’s reign which took place between 27 BC and 14 AD.
Saint John’s Basilica Nearby Ephesus

Hasan Gülday

Hasan Gülday. Professional licensed tour guide working in Turkey.

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