EPHESUS EXCAVATIONS AND CHURCH OF ST. JOHN
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The marvellous architectural remains of Ephesus present scenes of ancient battles and attempts to reach the divine world in a silent symphony that pleases the eyes and the soul.
- Selcuk Fortress
- Ephesus: Basilica of St. John, Temple of Hadrian, Library of Celsus, Theatre
- Tea tasting session
- We will arrive by coach near Selcuk Fortress , which finally reopened to the public in September 2012 after many years. It is located on Ayasluk hill, where St. John is said to have written his Gospel. The lush greenery and marvellous flowers that surround the fortress soften its menacing look. The Basilica of St. John, located in this area, is considered the most relevant Byzantine building in Ephesus.
- The Basilica was commissioned by Justinian I and Queen Theodora in the 4th century AC on the ruins of a small church on top of the tomb of St. John, who died in Ephesus in 100 AC. The Basilica is embellished by two sets of columns with brick arches, a richly decorated marble fountain and the imposing "Gate of Persecution" (built against Arab attacks), all testimony to a strongly spiritual age.
- We will then move to Ephesus, a prestigious Hellenic-Roman city where we can admire the magnificent remains. We will be welcomed by the Agora, the graceful and elegant temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus, a building that can store up to 12,000 parchments with a charming façade presenting a contrasting distribution of volumes, not to mention the largest theatre of the ancient world, with a seating capacity of 25,000. This grandiose building is located on a slope, offering a spectacular view of the port in the background.
- After the visit, we will head back to Kusadasi with a stop to make a few purchases and attend a demonstration of prestigious Turkey carpets, when we will also have the opportunity to taste the local tea.
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- Comfortable shoes are recommended.