Ephesus: Ancient and Modern

As an ancient city Ephesus was preferred by many Romans as the dwelling place of choice, even above Rome.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus is a retirement city for Turks and has a farming community.

Ancient Ephesus was the largest city in Roman Asia and one of the largest in that era.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus is smaller than the many neighboring seaside resorts, but more frequented by tourists.

Ancient Ephesus had the greatest wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Temple of Diana/Artemis.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus has the house of the Virgin Mary according to the Roman Catholic Church.

Ancient Ephesus had the Apostle John’s Tomb and St. John’s Basilica.  Modern Selcuk-Ephesus continues to be a pilgrimage site for Christians.

Ancient Ephesus was a center for learning.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus is a center for historical-archeological studies.

Ancient Ephesus was a cosmopolitan port town where new ideas were exchanged.  Modern Selcuk-Ephesus is a popular destination for cruise ships and tourists from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Ancient Ephesus was noted for gladiatorial combat and sports.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus has water sports, beach, camel wrestling, and is near to the yet to be opened international golf course.

Ancient Ephesus was at the crossroads of both land and sea travel and commerce.  Modern Selcuk-Ephesus is near to the new Izmir International Airport Terminal next to the Aegean Sea.

Ancient Ephesus was a world-class port with major roads leading to Babylon, Smyrna, and Miletus.  Modern Selcuk-Ephesus is near to a port town and freeway/autobahn, plus has a train station and bus terminal in the city center.

Ancient Ephesus was famous for the “Agora” where ideas and goods were traded.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus continues to be an open market interacting with tourists in the trading of ideas and the providing of incomparable fresh produce.

Ancient Ephesus was a sacred destination for those visiting the Temple of Diana/Artemis.

Today Selcuk-Ephesus is a sacred place for Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants because of the New Testament and the New Testament’s personalities associated with this place (John, Paul, Mary, Apollos, Aquilla, Priscilla, Gaius, Aristarchus, and the Early Church Fathers).

Ancient Ephesus was noted for its broad marble streets and beautiful flowing fountains.  Modern Selcuk-Ephesus’ wide boulevards are enhanced in beauty by the esplanades with palms and flowers.

Ancient Ephesians watched ships on the Aegean Sea while being entertained at the amphitheater.  Today modern Selcuk-Ephesus continues to host performances in the amphitheater while the sun sets in the Aegean Sea amidst Greek Islands to the west.

Ancient Ephesus is preserved in the city’s archeological museum.  Today Selcuk-Ephesus is on exhibit as possibly the world’s greatest open air museum.