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Ephesus, USA

The Library of Celsus, Ephesus' most famous landmark. Photo Creative Commons License Carmen.

The ancient city of Ephesus (Turkish: Efes), located near the Aegean Sea in modern day Turkey, was one of the great cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor and home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Today, the ruins of Ephesus are a major tourist attraction, especially for travelers on Mediterranean cruises. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary. The religious history of ancient Ephesus was the subject of the webmaster's thesis at Oxford (completed in June 2007), so this section is even more comprehensive than most - including the most detailed map of Ephesus on the Web! Excerpts from the thesis are included among the background articles in this city guide - see the menu at left.


  • Ephesus Map Our detailed, interactive city map of Ephesus, showing the location of sacred sites and religious attractions.
  • Ephesus Photos Our galleries of hand-selected photos of religious sites in Ephesus.
  • Ephesus Books Selected travel guides and other books on Ephesus.
  • Ephesus Sightseeing Tours Save money and time by booking sightseeing tours and excursions in Ephesus before you leave home.

Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Ephesus