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Mausoleum

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum was the greatest achievement of Carian King Mausolus (r 376–353 BC), who moved his capital from Mylasa (today's Milas) to Halicarnassus. The only ancient …
Castle in Bodrum

Bodrum Castle

There are splendid views from the battlements of Bodrum's magnificent castle, built by the Knights Hospitaller in the early 15th century and dedicated to St Peter. Today it houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeolog…
Ruins in Ephesus

Curetes Way

Named for the demigods who helped Lena give birth to Artemis and Apollo, the Curetes Way was Ephesus' main thoroughfare, 210m long and lined with statuary, religious and civic buildings, and rows of shops selling in…
Ruins in Ephesus

Ephesus

Ancient Ephesus was a great trading city and a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess. Under the influence of the Ionians, Cybele became Artemis, the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon, …
Ruins in Ephesus

Library of Celsus

This magnificent library dating from the early 2nd century AD, the best-known monument in Ephesus, has been extensively restored. Originally built as part of a complex, the library looks bigger than it actually is: …
Museum in Selçuk

Ephesus Museum

This fine museum, which reopened in 2014 with nine reorganised galleries after a massive renovation, contains artefacts from Ephesus' Terraced Houses and the Temple of Artemis, including scales, jewellery and cosmet…
Ruins in Ephesus

Terraced Houses

The roofed complex here contains (at present) seven well-preserved Roman homes, which are well worth the extra fee. As you ascend the snaking stairs through the enclosure, detailed signs explain each structure's evo…
Ruins in Ephesus

Marble Street

This street, paved with marble slabs slightly raised to aid drainage, formed part of the Sacred Way linking the city centre with the Temple of Artemis. Ruts indicate that vehicles used the thoroughfare frequently; m…
Winery in Kirazlı

Yedi Bilgeler Vineyards

This seven-hectare vineyard in Gökcealan, 3km northeast of Kirazlı, produces award-winning wines named after the 'Seven Sages', 6th-century BC philosophers based in nearby Ephesus, Miletus and Priene. Tour the viney…
Ruins in Ephesus, Bodrum & the South Aegean

Priene

Like Ephesus, Priene was once a sophisticated port city with two harbours. But all that went pear-shaped when the changing course of the Büyük Menderes River silted them both up. Although its relative lack of specta…