There are few places in the world with the biblical stature of Ephesus in Turkey. Located near Selçuk, Ephesus began its develop as an ancient Greek city, becoming one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world and a major Roman settlement. The city was one of the seven churches of Asia cited in the Book of Revelation, home to the 550 BC Temple of Artemis and the site where the Gospel of John was written. Today evidence of its ancient heritage can be seen in the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the ruins of St. Paul’s Basilica, the Temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsius, as well as the Grand Theatre where St. Paul preached and the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession.
century castle; the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for all manner of leather goods, rugs, copperware and brass; and the Turkish Baths if you’re in the mood for a good old scrub down.