Izmir (Ephesus)

Turkey

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CruiseS to Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey

Archaeologically rich, historic Izmir dates back over 5,000 years. Virtually rebuilt from scratch in 1922, Izmir is a booming city today. The ancient city of Ephesus, home to the Artemis Temple and the Zeus Altar, is one of the world's best preserved archaeological sites.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Izmir.
  • Time Zone
    Turkey Time (TRT)
    UTC/GMT+3
  • Language
    The local language spoken in Izmir is Turkish.
    "Günaydın" means good morning while "tünaydın" means good afternoon. If you wish to ask if someone speaks English, say "İngilizce biliyor musunuz?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    The Turkish lira is the local currency used for shopping. For a glimpse into local life and to browse a variety of goods, visit Izmir's historical market district, Kemeralti - considered one of city's most vibrant areas.
    • Famous For
      Ephesus is famous for its ancient ruins that span centuries of history and is considered one of the largest Roman archeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean.
    • Fun Fact #1
      See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The large temple was once adorned with extravagant artwork but was destroyed by invading Goths in the 3rd century.
    • Fun Fact #2
      There are two main, but opposing, legends as to how Ephesus was founded: The Ionian prince Androclos founded Ephesus based on the prophesies of an oracle, while the other legend states Amazon female warriors founded the ancient city and named the site after their queen, Ephesia.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Ephesus was an important city for the spread of early Christianity. St. Paul and St. John visited the city to convert locals, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, is thought to have spent her last years in Ephesus. You can visit St. John's tomb and the House of Virgin Mary.
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