WHC 2015 - Ephesus (Turkey)

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Celsus Library (Turkey)
© Austrian Archeological Institute

Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with sea channel and harbour basin.

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