Ephesus, the most important commercial and religious center of the western Anatolia, is one of the highlights of Turkey that awaits the exploring tourists. This city was established as a port on the mouth of the river Cayster reached the sea in western Anatolia.
Ephesus is called one of the magnificent outdoor museums of Turkey, in fact perhaps of the world. Ephesus was one of the important cities of the world for its being on a very important strategic trade route in Anatolia. This city itself and the ruins are all on the sides of a affluent valley. The wide ruins including the Celsus library, a stadium, a theatre, a gymnasium, temples and the very famous baths are responsible for this city becoming a religious, sport, cultural and entertainment centre especially in the Roman times create the magnificent atmosphere of Ephesus, and appeal to every visitors.
Ephesus has been a "important center" during the date. Once a trade center of the ancient world, also holds very important city in the history of the early Christian Church as it is here that St.Paul preached and it was to the Ephesians, a extraordinary tourism center proving all its perfectas to the visitors through the world.
Like the other Ionian cities, Ephesos was ruled by Persia, Lydia, Macedonia and lastly by the Roman rulers. Ephesus was one of the most popular cities of the ancient world and was given a special attention by many Hellenistic kings
Ephesus is the best-protected ancient city on the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the world to get the feeling for what life was like in ancient especially Roman times. As a strategic coastal gateway to the Eastern World. Counted amongst one of the Seven Wonders of the world, is the Ionia's Temple of Diana. The city of Ephesus is renowned for its richness of unspoilt beauty and wealth.
According to the some old legends, Ephesus was founded by the female warriors known as the Amazons. The name of the city is thought to have been come from "Apasas", the name of a city in the "Kingdom of Arzawa". Its meaning the "city of the Mother Goddess". Ephesus was inhabited from the end of the Bronze Age onwards, but changed its location many times in the course of its long history in accordance with habits and requirements.