Atatürk Mh., Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

The ancient city of Ephesus is a must see. Considered the trade center of the ancient world, this busy port town was the commercial center for traders back in the day. The ruins are well preserved. One way to enjoy this ancient city in Turkey is to tour at night to avoid the extreme daytime temperatures that could occur.

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Archeological Museum

Many of the great archaeological finds at Ephesus are now, not surprisingly, in the British Museum and Vienna’s Ephesos Museum, as archaeologists from England oversaw the 19th-century excavations of the site and Austrians the early 20th-century ones. After the Turkish Republic was established, however, antiquities could no longer be exported and many are now in the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. The museum’s galleries are organized not chronologically, but around themes such as gladiators and the goddess Artemis (or Diana)—a statue of Artemis is the museum’s single most famous work.

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