Ephesus, known as one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in the world, was a large port and trading center at the crossroads of important trade routes, such as the Kind road and the Silk road. Originally Ephesus was a harbor city but due to the Menderes alluviums over the centuries, the site is now remote from sea for about 5-6 kms. Excavation works in Ephesus started about 129 years ago and there is no doubt that these will go on for many years together with restoration works : each piece brought to daylight gives new clues to archaeologists about more objects to be discovered or mysteries to be solved.
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As the most visited antic site of Turkey, Ephesus is the gate to Turkeys presentation to the world. Every year millions of visitors come to Ephesus for its marvelous and mystical atmosphere. Huge granite columns are witnesses of the citys former magnificence and many worth-seeing sites are surrounding it : the Artemision, one the Seven Wonders, the Saint-Johns church, the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, the Shrine of Virgin Mary, the Mosque of Isabey and the archaeological museum of Selcuk.
The amphitheater is very good shape and every summer live concerts are allowed, in 1995 Diano Ross gave a live concert without a microphone.