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Explore the ruins of Ephesus by taking a walk at the Celsus Library which was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a mausoleum for Celsus. Admire the Temple of Hadrian which is one of the best preserved and beautiful structures. The Trajan Fountain, the finest monument in Ephesus and the Great Theater, a magnificent structure. We will continue with the Temple of Artemis, which consirered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
A Greek temple that was dedicated to the goddess of the hunt Artemis. After a break for lunch, follows the House of Virgin Mary. A Catholic shrine, believed to be the House of the Virgin Mary,who accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. (After the end of the tour you will be transferred to Selcuk to stay overnight)
Pamukkale is a city which in Turkish literally means ”cotton castle”. You will understand why, when you arrive at the valley of Meander! The unique travertine small pools above the town were created when warm mineral water cooled and deposited calcium as it cascaded over the cliff edge. We will also visit Hierapolis which is a World Heritage Site! An ancient city which according to Stephanus of Byzantium was given this name because of the large number of temples it contained!
Hierapolis became a healing centre where doctors used its’ thermal springs as a treatment for their patients. Your guide will lead you from the nothern to southern necropolis. On the way you will be able to admire and learn the history about this sacred city by exploring the Basilica theatre, the temple of Apollo, the Roman baths, St Phillip Martyrium and many other parts of the city. (At some point, break for lunch. At the end of the tour return to you hotel in Selcuk)
Right after breakfast, you will check out and start our tour to Didyma-Miletus-Priene, three age-old and impressing cities, that were parts of the Ancient Ionia!
Didyma: Didyma, was the site where was located an ancient Greek sanctuary, which contained a temple and the oracle of Apollo, called Didymaion. There is a view that, the site took its name because of the meeting that took place there, between Zeus and Leto. After their meeting, they gave birth to gods Apollo and Artemis!
Miletus: Miletus was an ancient Greek city that was surrounded by four different harbors! Due to its strategic coastal location, considered to be the healthiest and the wealthiest of all, during the Hellenistic era. Miletus is also the birthplace of the Hagia Sophia’s architect, Isidore!
Priene: Priene was also an ancient Greek city, built overlooking the ocean! Today, after several centuries of changes in the landscape, it is an inland site. There are sanctuaries dedicated to god Zeus, Demeter and most importantly the Temple of Athena!