Spotlight on Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus remains to the be the best preserved city that belonged to the former Roman Empire. In fact, it is one of the most spectacular tourists vacation sites in Turkey. If you would like to learn about history that dates back to 2000 years ago, a visit to Ephesus should certainly be on your travel list. When you do visit, below are just a few things you should add to your itinerary.

Temple of Hadrian

The temple of Hadrian is the most beautiful and perhaps most preserved structure located on the Curetes Street. It was built before 140 AD and was dedicated to Hadrian, who was an emperor. The emperor had come from Athens to visit the city in 128 AD. While there, take time to notice the four Corinthian columns that support the curved arch. The arch contains carvings from Tyche who was perceived to be the Goddess of Victory.

Celsus Library

The Celsus Library is a must while visiting Ephesus because it is one of the biggest libraries of the ancient world. Built between 120 and 135 AD, the library was named after Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanu who served as a Roman consul and governor of Asia. He not only paid for the library from his own personal wealth, but he was also buried there after his death.

The Gymnasium and the Theatre

Both the Gymnasium and the Theatre can be seen from the Lower Gate of Ephesus. Though the originals were destroyed by an earthquake in 1976 you can still see the restored structures today. Singers including John Carreras and Elton John have performed here and at capacity it can seat 25,000 spectators.

The Brothel

This tourist site is located at the corner of Marble Street and Curetes Street. The brothel was constructed during the 95-120 AD period and has two main entrances. Although you won’t find any working girls these days, inside you’ll find mosaic floors, a bath and several rooms.

Visiting Ephesus is certainly a history buff’s dream come true. Have you been to Turkey? If not, perhaps it’s time to add Ephesus to your travel bucket list!