Izmir, the third largest city of Turkey, is a thrivıng, major seaport and airport city on the west coast. It has a colorful nightlife and a cosmopolitan culture. There are also many historical places both in and surrounding Izmir that warrant a visit. These include Pergamum, (90 km) to the north; Sardis, (90 km) to the east; and to the south, Ephesus, (80 km); the House of the Virgin Mary, (85 km); Miletus, (140 km); Priene, (120 km) and the Apollo Temple at Didyma (150 km).
Before booking please check your cruise itinerary. You may have the option of an excursion to Ephesus,Virgin Mary House ,etc. But with Izmir Taxi Service you will have much to more time to enjoy the historical sites.
The city of Ephesus was one of the largest and most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world, lying on the western coast of Asia Minor. It was one of the oldest Greek settlements on the Aegean Sea and later the provincial seat of Roman government in Asia. Situated at end of the Royal Road—the chief thoroughfare of the Roman East—the city was a western terminus of East-West trade and boasted one of the most important Mediterranean harbors for exporting products on to Greece, Italy and the rest of the Roman West. As a center of religious piety Ephesus was preeminent: the city itself developed from the earliest time around an ancient shrine of the earth goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) and became her chief place of worship. Ephesus is also sacred site for Christians due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary. Also St. Paul preached here and later wrote his famous Epistle to the Ephesians.