The story of the foundation of Ephesus according to the legend

According to ancient historians, the tradition of Ephesus’ founding dates back to before the Ionian invasion. Androclus, the son of Codrus, the fabled King of Athens, consulted the oracle on where to settle or found a settlement, as was usual in ancient times. The solution was simple: “in the location suggested by a fish and a wild boar.” After landing in Anatolia, colonists were camped near there and frying fish. A flaming fish caught fire to a bush, forcing a boar to rush out of the bush and flee. The colonists opted to settle there after remembering the oracle’s remarks.

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OLD PHOTOS FROM THE ANCIENT REGION

SIRINCE VILLAGE

Located 6 miles away from Selcuk town, popular village. First inhabitance dates back first century. The early christians from Ephesus

ISA BEY MOSQUE

Archeologists mention that there is a possibility of an Apollon  temple in the place where the mosque was built. It

GROTTO OF 7 SLEEPERS

The Seven Sleepers, commonly called the “Seven Sleepers o Ephesus”, refers to 7 early christians who lived in Ephesus in

BASILICA OF ST. JOHN

At his crucifixion Jesus asked his beloved disciple, John, to look after his mother. John and the Virgin went to

THE EPHESUS MUSEUM

The Ephesus Museum is in the town of Selcuk at the eastern foothill of Ayasuluk Hill. The two best finds

THE ARTEMIS TEMPLE

The Artemis Temple or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and located in Ephesus. Throughout the

THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY

It is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether or

THE NYMPHAEUM OF TRAJAN

The Nymphaeum of Trajan is a 2C AD building with two stories built by an Ephesian in memory of the

THE HERCULES GATE

The Hercules Gate can easily be identified by two reliefs of Hercules wearing lion’s skin. The pillars date from the

THE HADRIAN TEMPLE

The Hadrian Temple was built in the 2C AD and renovated in the 4C ad in the name of the

THE GRAND THEATER

The Theater is one of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. It was originally a 3C BC Hellenistic theater which

TERRACE HOUSES

The Terrace Houses on the Curetes street belonged to the rich people of Ephesus. They date back to the 1C

STATE AGORA

The State Agora was a vast public square laid out and remodeled during the reign of Augustus (27 BC-14 AD).

THE CELSUS LIBRARY

The Celsus Library was built in the beginning of the 2C AD by Gaius Julius Aquila to be a memorial

ODEON

The Odeon in Ephesus was built in the 2C AD and had a double function. First it was a theater

DOMITIAN TEMPLE

During the Roman period, Ephesians erected many buildings and temples, and dedicated them to emperors in order to secure good