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Wall paintings in Ephesus restored to their original glory

Visitors walking through Terrace House 2 in the centre of Ephesos these days, get to observe an international team of conservators at work and gain insight into their operating process. Until July the wall paintings of three rooms in Residential Unit 5 are going to be cleaned,...

Rick’s Ramblings: A tale of Turkey

The soul of a gypsy wants nothing but to wander through the wonders of this world. There’s nothing more fulfilling to the soul than to see an unseen sight of the world. It can be a moment as small as unexpectedly spotting a little humming bird in a garden in the middle of...

The Legend of the Seven Sleepers

It’s 250 A.D., and the Roman emperor Trajan Decius has come up with a sure-fire way to get rid of those pesky Christians. He orders everyone in the empire — under pain of death — to make sacrifices to idols of the Roman gods, figuring the Christians wouldn’t do it. He was right,...

Christians gather in Turkey’s Ephesus to mark Feast of Saint John

Fener Rum Patriarch Bartholomew led a religious ceremony on May 8 at the ancient site of Ephesus in the Selçuk district of Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir, marking the death of St. John the Apostle. Bartholomew arrived in Selçuk to lead the ceremony at the House of Virgin Mary,...

The Archaelogical Excavations

The first excavations in the ancient city of Ephesus started in 1869. British Railway Engineer J.Wood began searching the Artemis temple with great enthusiasm while he was working for Istanbul to Bagdat railway construction project. There was a station located at Ayasuluk...

The Foundation Of Ephesus

The earliest clues, indicating to the existence of Ephesus are found from the 14th century Hittite documents. They were mentioning the kingdom of Ahavia and the city of Apasas around the Miletus region which is very close to Ephesus. Apasas sounds very much like Ephesus. We...

Alexander The Great

After he pushed the Persians out of Greece, he came to Anatolia through Dardenelles with a strong army. He had 30,000 infantries and 5,000 cavalry. On the other side Ionian strap (regional governor) of Persia, Spithridates set out his army of 40,000 infantries and 20,000 cavalry....

The House Of Virgin Mary

At the end of the road from the Magnesia Gate to the Bulbul mountain ( Mt. Koressos) you will come across the House of Virgin Mary. According to the records of the Christian Council, Virgin Mary lived in this house until she died at the age of 64. It is widely believed that she...

About Ephesus

According to tradition, Efes (Ephesus), one of the most important cities of antiquity, was founded by Androclos, although it has been established that the Lelegians and Carians inhabited the place earlier. The city must have been colonized no later than the 10th century B.C., by...