An estimated 4-hour of The Temple of Artemis and Ephesus tour is being planned for our participants. This city tour will be guided by a prominent tourist guide named Denizhan Peköz, who is also a specialist in Biblical tours in Turkey. For further information, please click the links below.
PS The Temple of Artemis and Ephesus Tour will be covered by the conference fee. Upon request, other sightseeing areas such as the house of the Virgin Mary, the grotto of the seven sleepers, the Basilica of St. John and Sirince Village can be assisted by the conference team. However, please note that the cost of the latter tours will not be covered by the conference.
The ancient city of Ephesus offers a glimpse into what life was like 2000 years ago. According to legend, Ephesus takes its name from ‘Apasas,’ meaning ‘city of the Mother Goddess,’ which refers to the first founders of the city: the great female warriors of Amazon tribes. Later, Ephesus reached its peak as a leading political and commercial centre when it was Hellenised by Ionian Greeks. It was the capital and largest port city of the Asian state. It owes much of its prosperity to remaining neutral during the period in which the whole of Anatolia was under Persian rule. In 334 B.C, the city was liberated by Alexander the Great. Lysimachus, a general under Alexander the Great, constructed fortification walls and moved the city two miles southwest. In 29 B.C, during the reign of the Roman Empire, the city suffered serious damage, and by the time Christianity came to dominate Ephesus, the city was on the decline both in terms of cultural and intellectual assets. In 1090, Byzantine Ephesus was conquered by the Seljuks and later taken by the Turks in 1307. After that, Turkish-Islamic religious structures and important cultural assets were added to the historical heritage of Ephesus.
The House of the Virgin Mary. According to legend, the Virgin Mary spent her last days in a cottage on Mount Koressos (Bülbüldağı). Important to Christianity, ‘Meryemana’ (Mother Mary) was declared a pilgrimage site for Christians by Pope Paul VI. In addition, the place attracts numerous visitors from across the world who want to taste the ‘Water of Mary’, available in the church, which is believed to have curative substances.
The Grotto of the Seven Sleepers. Important to both Christians and Muslims, the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers is a site worth seeing. According to legend, the seven young men hid in a cave to escape persecution and fell into a deep slumber that lasted for two centuries. In memory of the sleepers, the cave has been turned into a mausoleum and is referred as the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers.
The Basilica of St. John. Situated on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill, the church welcomes visitors with a spectacular view. It is believed to be the place where St. John the Evangelist was buried.
Isa Bey Mosque. Down the hill from the basilica, Isa Bey Mosque is a unique Seljukian mosque with an outstanding asymmetrical style. Visitors enjoy the mystical and historical atmosphere of this structure.
The Temple of Artemis. Anatolia is known for its goddess of fertility, Artemis (also known as Cybele, Mita, and Diana). One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis was the first largest marble temple ever erected and is a site worth visiting in Ephesus.