EPHESOS

 
 
         

The once flourishing ancient port was the first and the greatest metropolis of Asia. At its peak it had 250,000 inhabitants, was the center of trade and had the world's first bank. Of all the ancient cities in Turkey, Ephesus with its 5,000 years of history is the best preserved and most visited in all ages. Many VIPs of ancient history like Lydian King Croesus, Alexander the Great, St. Paul, St. John, Virgin Mary walked on the marble paved streets of this magnificent city. To fulfill his pledge to Jesus, St. John brought Madonna here to protect her. Virgin Mary's house is an important pilgrimage destination and had Papa visits in the recent years.

 

 

     

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