Exploring the heart of Selçuk - Why you must visit
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We speak about the history of the sites and we bring you along with us to a different time and era.
"Ayasuluk Hill is an ancient mount in İzmir Province in Turkey. It forms part of the Ephesus UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to a Byzantine fortress and the ruins of the Basilica of St John. It was reputedly the tomb of John the Evangelist, an early disciple of Jesus who is thought to have written the Gospel of John on the site. It became the main settlement of Ephesus after the ancient town declined after the 7th century, following the onset of the Arab–Byzantine wars.
The earliest archaeological remains at the site date to the Hittite era of the 2nd millennium BC, when the site was known as Apasa. There is also evidence of some Mycenaean presence before the start of the Helladic period around 1050 BC. The hill is known to be the original location of Ephesus, before it moved to a new location a few kilometers away."
"The aqueducts were built in the Byzantine Era to carry the spring water near the east of Selçuk to St John Basilica and the settlements around it which are 50 meters up from the sea level. Marble blocks from Ephesus and Artemision were brought here to be reused. The abutments are 15 meters high."
"One of the Seven Wonders of the World in ancient times, the Temple of Artemis (Artemision) at Ephesus was a famous place of pilgrimage for centuries and it was built dedicated to Artemis. Anatolia has always had a fertility goddess: Mita to the Phrygians, Cybele (or Kybele) to many other Anatolian peoples, Artemis to the Greeks and Diana to the Romans.Unfortunately little remains of the vast, rich marble temple: only a few bits of marble column favored by the storks who arrive in the nearby town of Selçuk each spring. There’s not a lot to see, but it’s worth dropping in at the Artemision ruins on the 3-km (2-mile, 30-minute) walk from Selçuk to the Ephesus archeological site along shady Dr Sabri Yayla Boulevard."
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