Ephesus Tours Turkey – EPHESUS RUINS – AGORA
The broad area in front of the Theatre was the Commercial Agora of Ephesus. Completely surrounded by columns, this Agora contained three entrances, one from the Celsus Library, one from the front of the Theatre, and one from the Harbour. In the form of a square 110 metres on a side, the north side of the Agora is left open, while the remaining three sides are surrounded by a portico which contained shops. The eastern and southern sides of the Agora were two-storeyed, the second storey of the eastern side being constructed in the form of an enclosed Doric stoa. Originally built in the Hellenistic Period, the Agora was reconstructed in the 3rd century during the reign of Caracalla (211-217 A.D.). At the centre of the Agora was a sundial and a water-clock. The centre of the square was faced in marble and contained statues of the philosophers, statesmen, and of scholars. Ephesus Tours Turkey
We offers shore excursions for cruise ship passengers at Port Of Kusadasi, Izmir and Istanbul including private Ephesus Tours and Istanbul Tours. As we are Ephesus Tours Turkey based right near the Port in Kusadasi and specialise in providing quality shore excursions to historical sites and other areas over 10 years. We have a selection of Ephesus Tours and Istanbul Tours which include Ephesus Ruins, Temple of Artemis, Grand Theatre, Odeaon, House of Virgin Mary, St. John Bassilica, Sirince Village, Isabey Mosque, Terrace Houses, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Undergraund Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Dolmabahce Palace, Kariye Museum, Grand Covered Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill, ect… We use brand new vans and the comfort and enjoyment of our guests is our number one priority and for this reason we only use luxury transportation and professional guides in a variety of languages.
Ephesus Tours İstanbul An outpost of Ephesus in ancient Ionia known as Pygela (Πύγελα), the area between the Büyük Menderes (Maeander) and Gediz (Hermos) rivers, the original Neopolis is thought to have been founded on the nearby point of Yılancı Burnu. Later settlements were probably built on the hillside of Pilavtepe, in the district called Andızkulesi today. Kuşadası was a minor port frequented by vessels trading along the Aegean coast. In antiquity it was overshadowed by Ephesus, until Ephesus’ harbor silted up. From the 7th century BC onwards the coast was ruled by Lydians from their capital at Sardis, then from 546 BC the Persians, and from 334 BC along with all of Anatolia the coast was conquered by Alexander the Great. From then onwards the coastal cities in Anatolia were a centre of Hellenistic culture. Ephesus Tours İstanbul
The Roman Empire took possession of the coast in the 2nd century BC and made it their provincial capital and in the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area, which in the Christian era became known as “Ania”. Ephesus Tours İstanbul
Ephesus Tours Turkey The excavations of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, which continue to this day, began in 1895 under Otto Benndorf. He received permission to excavate from the Ottoman Sultan, and brought up a good part of Ephesus in the course of his research. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic, the government transferred everything to state ownership. The Austrian excavations kept on except for the two war world wars, and have continued uninterupted since 1954. Ephesus Tours Turkey
Since 1954, excavations and restorations have been carried out not only by the Austrian Institute, but also by the archaeologists of the Ephesus Museum. In their intensive work since 1954, they have uncovered and restored important structures. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism accelerated this cooperative work in 1979 through its program “Selcuk-Ephesus Excavations, Restorations, and Systematization of its Environs.” Ephesus Tours Turkey