10 Unknown Facts About Ephesus

Statue of Goddess Artemis of Ephesus
  1. Ephesus was renamed as Arsineia for a short while by Lysimachus who was a general of Alexander the Great. The City was named Ephesus again after the death of Lysimachus in the battle of Corupedium in 231 BC.
  2. Ephesus with the population of 250.000 people was the second biggest city in the Roman Empire.
  3. Celsus library is one of the best examples of forced perspective in the ancient architecture. The Library has a row of thick columns in the bottom and thinner ones on the second floor.
  4. The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was the first ever all fully marble made building in the world.
  5. Ephesus today is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage destinations of the world.
  6. Library of Celsus in Ephesus was the third biggest library in the ancient world with 12.000 scrolls.
  7. Ephesians used to speak Ionian Greek back in the times when Ephesus was alive.
  8. History of Ephesus goes back to the 10th century BC.
  9. Apostle Paul wrote the letter to Ephesians while he was jailed in Rome in the year 62.
  10. Ephesus was destroyed and rebuilt several times in history.
Grotto of Apostle Paul in Ephesus

Hasan Gülday

Hasan Gülday. Professional licensed tour guide working in Turkey.

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