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Temple of Artemis (Artemision)
Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

Temple of Artemis (Artemision)

Ataturk, Park Ici Yolu No:12, Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey

The basics

Commissioned by Croesus, the Lydian king who gave the world the phrase “rich as Croesus”, the Temple of Artemis was famed for its spectacular art—but invading Goths destroyed it during the third century AD and it was never rebuilt. Most travelers pay their respects to the remains of the temple on their way to or from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus and some add the House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi). Kusadasi is the most popular jump-off point for cruisers and overland travelers alike, but tours run from Bodrum, Izmir, and much of the Turkish Riviera.

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince
star-4.5
$129.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour
We had a wonderful tour that included Ephesus and Sirince and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour guide Begu was great and provided a very entertaining description of the sights in Ephesus, lots of information but not boring. We saw a coffee making demo and rug making demo then had a delicious lunch. This was our first time in Turkey and we thoroughly enjoyed it thanks to Begu.
Jean_F, Jul 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

star-5
Superb Guide
ARLEEN_A, May 2022
Private Tour to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis
Our guide Honor was very courteous, knowledgeable, patient, accommodating, and really cool! He never rushed us. He tried to get to know us and how we would like the tour done. He was a good listener. We love Turkey because of him. What a great guy!
star-4
Amazing cultural site
Katrina_K, May 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
Ephesus is an amazing experience and well worth visiting if you enjoy visiting cultural sites. The guide was very knowledgeable. My only criticism was the visit to a carpet making factory and a leather fashion show that wasted an hour and was not mentioned when booking
star-5
Great tour
Elaine_M, Mar 2022
Ephesus Tour with Temple of Artemis and Sirince Village From Izmir
Great day with a brilliant guide Ersan. He took the time to explain everything to us and it felt like I was on a private tour. The walk around Sirinci was beautiful. The driver kept to time and also a very pleasant guy. Thank you Ersan
star-5
Fabulous
Janet_G, Nov 2020
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis
Memhet was a fabulous guide . Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his work & Country . Value for money
star-5
Must See Destination
StuartE361, Oct 2019
Best of Ephesus Tour From Kusadasi: Temple of Artemis, St John Basilica, Isa Bey Mosque
Excellent tour, one to one with a knowlegable and entertaining guide. Provided meal was to a very high standard at a local restaurant recommended by the guide.
star-5
Excellent tour
John_R, Jun 2019
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince
This was a top notch tour from beginning to end. Picked us up at the exact time we requested. Our guide spoke fluent English and was a wealth of knowledge of both Ephesus and of the local area. We were suprised on the way back with a complementary lunch and presentation on how Turkish carpets are made. -- an opportunity to buy yes, but absolutely no sales pressure. You cant go wrong choosing this tour.
star-4
A great day out
Nigel_W, Oct 2019
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Tour to Ephesus Including the Temple of Artemis and Şirince
Erman, our guide, was excellent, and he made our visit to Ephesus an outstanding experience. We also visited Sirince, which was delightful, and not at all busy when we were there. We anticipated lunching at one of the lovely restaurants there, but instead were whisked away to one of those places that caters en masse for visitors, which was very disappointing. Erman offered to show us a local pottery and Turkish Delight emporium, but it had been a very hot day at Ephesus, so we contented ourselves with stopping at the Temple of Artemis before returning to our ship. Apart from lunch, the organisation of the day was excellent.

Things to know before you go

  • Photographers can get a good view of the pillar from the south. It’s particularly photo-worthy when storks are nesting.
  • Artemis was a popular fertility goddess and there are temples to her across Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. Be sure to book the right one.
  • There’s no charge to visit the remains of the Temple of Artemis.
  • The site of the temple is overgrown and unsuitable for either wheelchairs or strollers.
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How to get there

The remains of the Temple of Artemis sit just east of the town of Selcuk, about a 2-mile (3-kilometer) walk from the center of ancient Ephesus. The area lies inland from the Turkish Riviera, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) drive northeast of the Kusadasi cruise port and resort, and around a 1-hour drive south of Izmir.

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When to get there

As there’s relatively little to see at the Temple of Artemis, time your visit around the lines at Ephesus, which is much busier. Be aware that the site can flood during spring (late March to early May).

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Introducing Ancient Ephesus

Christians know Ephesus as the site of an early faith community, founded by St. John and tended by St. Paul, whose Letter to the Ephesians forms part of the New Testament. But the UNESCO-listed ruins are one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sights. Highlights include the 2-story facade of the Library of Celsus, the Terrace Houses, with their vibrant mosaics and frescoes, and the Public Latrine, which provides an eye-opening insight into daily life.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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