Collected by John Newton, AFAR Contributor
Acarlar Mahallesi, Efes Harabileri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
On the slope of a hill overlooking the ancient city of Ephesus, six terrace houses constructed in the 1st and 2nd centuries C.E. provide an introduction into the daily life of the city's wealthier citizens. The houses measure between 90 and 550...
Atatürk Mh., Park İçi Yolu No:12, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
The Temple of Artemis was one of the legendary wonders of the ancient world, a vast temple that was 137 meters long, 69 meters wide and 18 meters high. Those were the dimensions of the third temple to stand on the site, completed in the 4th...
Atatürk Mh., Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
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...
Sultaniye Mahallesi, 35922 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
At first glance, the idea that the Virgin Mary may have lived in this small stone house outside Ephesus may seem far-fetched. However, it appears that other followers of Jesus traveled to the region after his death and Paul and John both preached...
Atatürk Mh., St. Jean Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
Before the rise of the Ottoman Empire, most of Turkey was divided into small kingdoms, or beyliks. The İsa Bey Mosque was completed in 1375 and is considered one of the most important buildings of the era. The fortresslike exterior is arguably...
Şirince Köyü, Köy Cami Karşısı, No:14, Şirince Mahallesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
This lovely village in the hills east of Kuşadası long had an unusual name: Çirkince, which means ugly in Turkish. It was reportedly chosen by the original settlers to discourage others from following. The current, more fitting name is Turkish for...
Efeler Mh. Liman Yolu 1376 Sk., Yeni Mahallesi, Sun Gate Complex A Block No:3/1, 09310 Didim/Aydın, Turkey
Roughly an hour south of Kuşadası, Miletus has a long history. The earliest settlement was in the Neolithic period, roughly 3500 to 3000 B.C.E. The most impressive buildings and art, however, date from three different golden ages. In the 6th...
In 2011, the Archaeological Museum of Miletus reopened after being closed for years. The artifacts on display here span some 5,000 years. The oldest are from the Neolithic era, while some of the most impressive and beautiful date from the 6th...
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