Ephesus is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely 'soak in' the atmosphere of Roman times.
Take a virtual visit to this extraordinary ancient city
If you start your tour from the lower entrance of the archaeological site of Ephesus you will first pass through a beautiful road flanked by rows of centenary eucalyptus trees... enjoy this part of your trip because it may be the only shaded part of your visit.
Soon you'll find yourself on the Marble Sacred Street connecting the Great Theater with the Library of Celsus, the Facade of which has been fully restored. To the right of the Library is the Commercial Agora, connected to the Library Square by the Gate of Augustus. From the Library heading East is the Curetes Street, also paved entirely with marble so remember not to wear slippery shoes.
Along the Curetes Street you'll notice that it had beautiful side walks for pedestrians paved with mosaics. On the right hand side there are narrow little streets heading to private hill houses, now excavated and partially restored. On the left side of the Street there were official monuments (i.e. Temple of Hadrian), fountains and some other interesting buildings like the baths, the brothel and the public toilets. To reach them you'll have to take a small picturesque street.
Continuing up the Curetes Street you will reach, almost on the top, the Domitian Square on the right, Continuing further East you'll find yourself in the State Agora which is a large rectangular esplanade, comparable of what we'll call a city square. During ancient times the square would have been full of life, little shops and people everywhere. Around the State Agora were the most important buildings of the city: the city hall, fountains, temples, baths, and the place that you'll be inevitably heading towards, the Odeon.
Photographs © Berta Lledo and Tufan Turanli