Just a 15 minute drive from Sirince Terrace Houses lies the extraordinary site of Ephesus. Here you will find the largest collection of archeological remains in the eastern Mediterranean. Once a city of 450 000 people, the site now offers some of the most fascinating insights into the lives and rituals of its time.
Ephesus was founded by the Greeks in the 10th Century BC. Over the centuries, it was ruled by a succession of empires: Persian, Roman, Byzantine and finally Ottoman. The city was at its most powerful under Roman rule in the 1st and 2nd Century AD, when it was the biggest city and commercial centre of its day. Its biggest claim to fame was its Temple to Artemis, one of the "seven wonders" of the Ancient World. It was four times as big as the Parthenon in Athens but all that remains of it today is a single column on the road between Selcuk and Ephesus.
Once a port city, Ephesus relied on fishing and commerce for its success. Its inhabitants were remarkably modern and forward thinking, education was valued and through the cult of Artemis, the city became a bastion of women's rights.
As the river began to silt up, the city became further removed from the sea on which it relied so heavily. A series of earthquakes destroyed many parts of the city, and as residents went in search of new opportunities, Ephesus slowly lost its powerful status.
Sirince also played a part in the history of the city: it was known as Ephesus On The Hills, and the springs that still exist today were once part of a water supply network for the inhabitants of the city. Remains of aqueducts and pipes are still visible on the way down from Sirince to Selcuk and Ephesus.
Sirince Terrace Houses is the perfect base from which to visit Ephesus, and we will happily help with any arrangements if you are visiting us without a car.
The Library of Celsus, reconstructed with all original pieces
The largest outdoor theatre in the Ancient World - believed to have had a seating capcity of 24,000 people
The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - only one column remains
The Terrace Houses - get an insight into the everyday lives of the wealthy Roman residents
The Temple of Hadrian - erected in the 2nd Century AD
Get there early and avoid the heat of the midday sun. We recommend an 8 o'clock start in the summer months.
Don't miss out on the Terrace Houses - you can buy a ticket on the door.
Park in the lower car park, catch a horse drawn carriage to the top entrance and walk back down to the car.
Bring a hat and some sun glasses - there is a lot of white marble and precious little shade.