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Erytrai (Ildırı) Ancient City
Erytrai (Ildırı) Ancient City
Ildır, 35930 Çeşme/İzmir
The name of Ildırı village was Erythrai in ancient period. It is thought that Erythrai is derived from Erythros, which means “red’’ in Greek, and Erythrai is used as “Red City’’ because its town soil is in red color
Commercial Agora
Commercial Agora
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The Commercial Agora was the heart of trade not only within the ancient city of Ephesus, but also for all of Asia Minor during the city’s Roman-era. Also known as the Tetragonos Agora, this marketplace once stood at the center of
Gate of Mazaeus and Mithridates
Gate of Mazaeus and Mithridates
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The Gate of Mazeus with three passage ways at the right of the Celsus Library was built in 40 A.D by the slaves Mazeus and Mythridates for their emperor, Augustus, who gave them their
Temple of Hestia in Ephesus
Temple of Hestia in Ephesus
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The Prytaneum hosted this shrine, where the city's eternal flame was tended by vestal virgins, and was fronted by a giant statue of Artemis, now in the Ephesus Museum in Selçuk. The fertility goddess was portrayed with huge breasts and
Basilica of St John in Ephesus
Basilica of St John in Ephesus
Atatürk, St. Jean Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayasoluk Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the
Hercules Gate in Ephesus
Hercules Gate in Ephesus
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The Hercules Gate is a highlight of Ephesus, both in the ancient city and today. Today, the two remaining columns of feature reliefs of the Greek hero Hercules, draped in the skin of the Nemean lion, which he strangled in the first of his
Magnesia Gate of Ephesus
Magnesia Gate of Ephesus
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The Magnesia Gate is a triumphal arch gate from the 3rd century BC that served as the eastern entrance to the ancient city of Ephesus. The triple-arched gate, flanked by two large towers, was named so because it faces the city of Magnesia
East Gymnasium of Ephesus
East Gymnasium of Ephesus
Acarlar, Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye
The East Gymnasium was one of many schools for boys in ancient Ephesus. Built-in the 2 century AD, the East Gymnasium is located just beyond the Magnesia Gate, or just beyond the modern-day entrance to Ephesus. It is also known as the
Kanlıdivane Ancient City Mersin
Kanlıdivane Ancient City Mersin
Kumkuyu, Kanlı Divane Cd., 33750 Ayaş Bld./Erdemli/Mersin
About 8.5km northeast of  Kızkalesi at Kumkuyu is the 33-54, the road leading 3km to the ruins of Kanlıdivane, the ancient city of  Kanytelis. Central to Kanlıdivane (Crazy Place of Blood) is a 60m-deep chasm where criminals were said
Adamkayalar (Men of rock) Mersin
Adamkayalar (Men of rock) Mersin
Kızkalesi, 33790 Erdemli/Mersin
Tricky to get to, but well worth the effort, is Adamkayalar (Men Rock Cliff), 17 Roman-era reliefs carved on a cliff face about 8km north of Kızkalesi. They are part of a 1st-century-AD necropolis and immortalise warriors wielding axes
Elaiussa Sebaste Ancient City
Elaiussa Sebaste Ancient City
Merdivenlikuyu, 33750 Ayaş/Erdemli/Mersin
Some 4km northeast of Kızkalesi and just off the D400 are the extensive remains of ancient Elaiussa Sebaste, a city dating back to the early Roman period and perhaps even to the time of the Hittites. Important structures on the western
PRIENE ANCIENT CITY
PRIENE ANCIENT CITY
Güllü Bahçe, 09230 Söke/Aydın
Priene located near Güllübahçe connects to Söke with a 15 km asphalt road. Even though there is not much information about the ancient city for ruins lying under the swamp, the visible city was established in 352 B.C. Priene which’s
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