Discover the Temple of Artemis
If you know anything about ancient history, it should come as no surprise that the landscapes of Turkey and Greece have changed a lot over the years. That includes many of our favourite holiday destinations!
Planning a trip to the west Turkish coast? You might be visiting the beautiful port city of Izmir, and rightly so! Izmir today is a vibrant destination filled with picturesque architecture, excellent eateries, and glamorous modern resorts. There’s plenty to explore in the surrounding Izmir Province, too, including the awe-inspiring ancient city of Ephesus.
Where is the Temple of Artemis?
Ancient Ephesus was close to the modern-day town of Selçuk, in Izmir Province. It was built in the 10th century BC, which means it’s around 3,000 years old. And there are plenty of breathtaking remnants that are sure to impress even the most reluctant visitor.
Perhaps Ephesus’ most famous sight is the Temple of Artemis, which was completed in around 550 BC. It was one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World thanks to its immense size and significance.
Who built the Temple of Artemis?
As the Greek goddess of hunting, wilderness, and chastity, Artemis (the Romans called her Diana) was worshipped in ancient Ephesus. Between 560 and 550 BC, the King of neighbouring Lydia conquered Ephesus. He built the new temple at the city’s boundaries, allowing Artemis to watch over Ephesus’ surrounding wilderness and wildlife.
The Temple of Artemis today
Sadly today, all that’s left of the Temple of Artemis is a single column and many fragments and foundations. Most of the excavated carved stone is in the British Museum in London. Still, visitors can get an idea of the temple’s immense size and significance on a visit to the ancient site.
How to get to the Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis today is located around one kilometre from Selçuk, a town worth visiting regardless. It’s the gateway to Ephesus, with many remains and artefacts to see. When you visit Selçuk, you can walk to the Temple of Artemis in a few minutes.
If you’re holidaying in Izmir, you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s just one hour’s drive to Selçuk and the Temple of Artemis. Regular busses run between the destinations, while the picturesque local train ride is another straightforward option. If you’re staying in a resort hotel, explore their day trip offering to see what’s on offer – you’re sure to find a visit to Ephesus available.
What does it cost to visit the Temple of Artemis?
Visiting the Temple of Artemis is free – you’ll just need to pay for your transport to Selçuk and any other expenses on the day of your visit. Still, it’s a good idea to book a Temple of Artemis tour in advance to get the most out of your visit. Seeing the ancient ruins with a guide means you’ll be able to learn all there is to know about the temple and its significance.