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.


In ancient times Ephesus was the home of 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 remains 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 MPhil thesis at Oxford (completed in June 2007), so this section is becoming more comprehensive than most - including the most detailed map of Ephesus on the Web! You can read an excerpt of my thesis here. [More Info]