As the most important Greko-Roman city, Ephesus has always been the center for commerce and the house for all ethnic groups. Ephesus was an important center for Early Christianity from the AD 50s. It locates on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selcuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes).
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils. The Church of Mary near the harbor of Ephesus was the church where the Third Ecumenical Council was held in 431. Today’s archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selcuk, in the Selcuk district of Izmir, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction. Findings from the Ephesus site are exhibited notably in the Ephesos Museum in Vienna, the Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selçuk and in the British Museum.
DISTANCES BETWEEN EPHESUS AND THE OTHER PLACES
Izmir (airport): 72 km Istanbul:652 km Marmaris:243 km Kusadasi: 18 km Pamukkale: 215 km Bodrum: 173 km Selcuk: 2 km Soke: 38 km Heraclia: 87 km Virgin Mary: 7 km Priene: 53 km Aphrodisias:162 km Aydin: 65 km Miletos: 74 km Sardes: 151 km National Park: 48 km Didyma: 93 km Fethiye: 338 km Claros: 34 km Pergamum:172 km Sirince: 8 km Denizli:187 km Marmaris: 215 km Antalya: 417 km Troy: 380 km Bursa: 405 km Cappadocia: 792 km