Place Of Interests:

 
PIGEON ISLAND :
 
It is in the Kusadasi Center, very close to harbor. It is connected to the land so, walking by the seaside may be enjoyable. Pigeon Island, with it is gleaming image, really deserves to be the symbol of Kusadasi. The eye-catching view of the island, uniting with the panoramic colors of sunset attract every visitors. The city walls of the castle on the pigeon island still remains.

 

 

 
NEOPOLIS :

Ancient Neopolis stands as the second peninsula, little further to the Pigeon Island. The site was controlled by the Ionians and was functioning for controlling the trade between the cities. Neopolis was also reputed for the first inhabited area of Kusadasi. By the long years, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing the ancient site to sink under the clear waters of Kusadasi, creating a sunken city.

 

 
THE TEMPLE OF ARTEMISION :
 

The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp. Today one can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns' capitals and shafts. The most beautiful remaining of this temple are today exhibited in the London British Museum.

The oldest remaining found date back till the VIth century BC. It was surrounded by 36 huge columns, later enlarged upon the orders of the Lydian King, Kreisos, during the VIth century BC. Most of the exhibits in the London British Museum belong to this period.

The new Artemision has been rebuilt in the IInd century BC. Located on top of the previous one, it had tremendous dimensions: 127 columns of each 17,5 meters high. Unfortunately this one has also been destroyed by fire, reconstructed and again demolished by earthquakes, rebuilt and at last looted by Goths one year later.

The statue of many-breasted Artemision was the symbol of the temple but also of abundance, hunting and wild life. The genuine statue of Artemision, removed during the fire, is today exhibited in the Selcuk Museum. Many copies of this statue found during the latest excavations date back from the Roman period.

How to go? Artemision is located 18 km away from Kusadasi, in the entrance of Selcuk.

 

 
EPHESUS MUSEUM :
 

The Ephesus Museum is located in Seljuk, Turkey, just two miles from the ancient city of Ephesus. This museum has many of the wonderful artifacts found during the excavations of Ephesus since 1964, and is well worth an hour or so if time allows. Cruise ship shore excursions from Kusadasi sometimes include a stop at the museum after the walk through Ephesus.

The Ephesus Museum has some wonderful statues of the goddess Artemis from Ephesus, but these statues did not come from the most famous Ephesian site, the Temple of Artemis. This temple, completed in 550 BC, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Unfortunately, the Temple of Artemis was destroyed, reconstructed, and destroyed again. Today, all that remains of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is a marshy field and one column. A few remnants of the reconstructed Temple of Artemis excavated by 19th century archaeologists can be found in the British Museum in London.

 

 
ISA BEY MOSQUE :
 

Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375.

How to go? Isa Bey Mosque is located 18 km. north of Kusadasi , on the left side of Selcuk’s entrance. Kusadasi - Selçuk minibuses departure every 15 min. from Kusadasi.

 

 
AYASULUK CASTLE :
 

Ayasuluk Castle, or the Citadel of Ayasuluk, is atop Ayasuluk Hill in Selçuk, Turkey, in the foothills of the Aydin mountains. Selçuk is the present-day name for Ephesus, and the history of the castle is closely tied to that of the city. The location of Ephesus changed over the years, for various reasons, including the changing course of the Cayster River as well as the need to defend itself against invasions. The history of Ephesus is a fascinating one, as it had great religious and military importance to many different people throughout the changing of empires.

 

 
EPHESUS Ancient City :
 

The history of Ephesus goes back to 3000 BC. It is one of the most beatiful ancient cities in the world. It was a pilgrimage centre of first Cybele then Artemis and finally the Virgin Mary.

It was the birthplace of the philosopher Heraclitus. Amazons, Greeks, Lydians, Romans and many other civilizations lived and gave traces here. You should not miss it. And we recommend our private tour of this excellent ancient city with the Basilica of St John, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis.

 

 
The House of VIRGIN MARY :
 

 
Located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.