12 Frequently Asked Questions About Ephesus

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What is the history of Ephesus?

Ephesus is an ancient city located in modern-day Turkey’s west coast that was once considered the most important Greek and later Roman city in Asia Minor. Its settlement history can be traced back to the seventh millennium BCE. In the ancient world, Ephesus was a center of travel, religion, and commerce. Today, the well-preserved ruins and attractions of Ephesus are a popular tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What is the significance of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus?

Library of Celsus is the symbol of intellectual and cultural richness of the city of Ephesus. The library hosted over 12,000 scrolls and believed to be the third-biggest library of its time.

What is the best way to get to Ephesus from nearby cities such as Izmir or Kusadasi?

The easiest way to get to Ephesus is getting a taxi or a private tour. You can contact your professional licensed Ephesus tour guide for more details.

What is the layout and organization of the ancient city of Ephesus, and how long would it take to explore?

Ephesus ancient city can be visited in one to two and a half hours. The ruins of Ephesus can be visited in a linear walk which covers nearly all the ruins in the ancient city.

Are there any tours or guided visits available in Ephesus?

There are options of guided tours covering Ephesus Ancient City and surrounding attractions. You can contact me for details.

What is the cost of admission to Ephesus, and are there any discounts available?

There is a free ticket options for the kids below 6 years old. Admission for Ephesus is currently 700 Turkish Lira.

What is the condition of the ancient ruins in Ephesus, and are they well-preserved?

Ephesus is amongst the most well-preserved ancient cities of the Roman Empire. You can see ruins of all types and cultures in Ephesus.

What is the story behind the Terrace Houses in Ephesus?

Terrace houses of Ephesus were inhabited by wealthy families and were decorated with exquisite mosaics and frescoes, and even had central heating systems. Terrace Houses remained buried until they were rediscovered during a series of archaeological excavations in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, terrace houses are in Ephesus and require additional admission.

Is it possible to visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary from Ephesus, and how far is it?

It takes about 10 minute to drive from Ephesus Ancient City to the House of Virgin Mary.

What is the best way to explore Ephesus, by foot or by vehicle?

You can reach the entrance of Ephesus by a vehicle, and no vehicle except mobility vehicles for the disabled is allowed in Ephesus.

What is the best way to avoid crowds at Ephesus Ancient City?

The best way to avoid crowds at Ephesus Ancient City is to visit the ruins very early in the morning or late in the evening.

What language is spoken in Ephesus today?

Today Ephesus is part of the Turkish Republic, so the official language spoken by today’s Ephesians is Turkish. You can find people speaking English, German, Spanish and several other languages in and around Ephesus too.

Hasan Gülday

Hasan Gülday. Professional licensed tour guide working in Turkey.

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