ephesus guide


Ephesus was an Ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era, it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League.

The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.

The Ephesus excavation site is vast, and we suggest that you plan to spend an entire day there.

The guide

The guide to Ephesus will lead you through the entire museum/excavation site. The guide includes description of 33 of the most important excavated structures, and will provide a variety of functions.

GPS controlled area map

The guide to Ephesus uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site. Also, if you allow GPS tracking, then the guide will show your exact position in the excavation site.

Description of 33 buildings

33 of the most important buildings, in the Ephesus excavation, are described in the guide. The description are given in text that can be read out loud to you using TTS (automatic text to speech functionality) and it includes pictures from present day, markings of the specific building on a map and 3D models or sketches of what the buildings used to look like.

The background history of Ephesus

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of Ephesus, from the first settlement to present day.

Route planner

By using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version of the guided tour through the excavation site.

Suggested route

The guide to Ephesus also suggests a tour of “the highlight.” The highlights are Excavations Guides suggestions of what to see when visiting Ephesus. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided to by using the route planner.

Audio guide

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech,” the guide will act as an audio guide and will read the texts out loud to you. The functionality uses the built in TTS voice of your phone, meaning that the size of the guide app to Ephesus is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionalities available in the guided tour app for the Ephesus by checking out our “Guide description”.

The buildings

  • Magnesia Gate
  • East (“Girls”) Gymnasium
  • Varius Bath
  • Odeum
  • Prytaneion
  • Market Basilica
  • State Agora
  • Memmius Monument
  • Curetes Street
  • Pollio Fountain
  • Temple of Domitian
  • Fountain of Trajan
  • Baths of Scholastica
  • Temple of Hadrian
  • Public toilets (latrine)
  • Terrace houses
  • Octagon tomb
  • Brothel
  • Library of Celsus
  • The Gate of Mazeus and Mythridates
  • Temple of Serapis
  • Marble Street
  • Commercial Agora
  • Great Theater
  • Arkadiane (Harbour Street)
  • Theatre Gymnasium
  • The Artificial Harbour
  • Harbour Gymnasium
  • Harbour Thermal Baths
  • Councils Church (Double Church of the Virgin)
  • Stadium
  • Vedius Gymnasium
  • Tomb of St. Luke

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