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First, we will visit the Virgin Mary House. This place is discovered by Lazarist priests after a German nun described the house and the mountain as the last residence of the Virgin Mary after she had some visions about the place. Today this place is a Muslim and Catholic, being cared for by Lazarist Fathers. Lazarist Fathers still celebrating the mass every day.
Then we will drive to Ephesus. Ephesus was one of the most important harbor cities in the antique world and also it is mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the seven churches. Also, Celsus Library and theater in Ephesus are the other highlights. In Ephesus we will see, Celcus Library, Temple of Hadrian, the fountain of Trajan and the Theater. We will have lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. After lunch, we will visit the Isa Bey Mosque which is built in 1375 by Anatolian Seljuks. we will drive back to the hotel after the tour.
Ephesus is the most famous ancient city in Turkey. Built after 1040 BC by refugees coming from the Aegean Islands, it became one of the most important parts of history. Later on, it became a Greek city more than a major Roman city in time. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League in the Classical Greek Era. In the 1st century BC, the population of Ephesus was approximately 250,000. It was an important commercial center as a port city. It was also sacred for Christians because of its connections with Virgin Mary, Saint Paul and Saint John The Evangelist.
Temple of Artemis is one of the Seven Wonders of the World completed in 550 BC is on the outskirts of Ephesus. It is a sanctuary built in a sacred place. The temple itself dates back to 8th century BC but the sacred place dates way back. It has been destroyed three times and rebuilt. But it has been abandoned after Christians started to rule the area.
Virgin Mary’s House is a Muslim and Catholic shrine located at the skirt of Bulbul Mountain in Selcuk. It is discovered after a Catholic nun in Germany described the place in her visions about a house Mother Mary lived before she died. It has become an important pilgrimage spot for Catholics since then.
Celsus Library is one of the most beautiful structures in Ephesus. Celcius Library was built in 117 A.D. Celsus Library was a monumental tomb for Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, the governor of the province of Asia; from his son Galius Julius Aquila. The grave of Celsus was beneath the ground floor, across the entrance and there was a statue of Athena over it Because Athena is the goddess of wisdom.