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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 Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince
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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince
star-4.5
$165.09 per adult
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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
Great Tour in Turkey
Ashley_L, Jul 2022
Ephesus Tour with Temple of Artemis and Şirince Village
The Celsus Library was breathtaking. It was very well maintained and out tour guide was humorous and informative. The house of the Virgin Mary and learning the history was wonderful to. Have to say we were impressed with this tour and would recommend to others.
star-5
Great way to see Ephesus!
Victoria_P, Jul 2022
Private Tour to Ephesus, Temple of Artemis
Great excursion! Ephesus is not to be missed! The private van with guide (Haluk) is the best way to go. So much better than the big bus and crappy headsets. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The trip is longer than listed. It was about 5 hours. If you do not want to tour a carpet facility and be asked to buy a Turkish rug, please tell your guide. This took up an hour of time. Overall, a great tour that I highly suggest!
star-4
Nice trip to Ephesus
sael_d, Jun 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
Our guide was very nice and our shuttle car as well. The sightseeing was really good except for the stop at the leather factory.
star-5
A great day-trip
Russell_P, Jun 2022
Ephesus Tour with Temple of Artemis and Sirince Village From Izmir
Woltan was personable and knowledgeable. The tour was well worth it. The details, history and stips made for a fun day tour.
star-5
Turkey private tour
Randy_D, Jun 2022
Kusadasi Port to Ephesus, Terrace Houses, Temple of Artemis
I booked about six months in advance. Was skeptical things would work out. Amazed at the whole thing. Got off the ship walked to the port entry and there was our guide. He had my name printed out and I felt like a vip. Tour was great and more than expected. I would recommend Viator tour any place anytime.
star-5
Very nice tour
Georgiana_L, Jun 2022
Ephesus Tour with Temple of Artemis and Şirince Village
The tour was amazing, the guide was also very nice and knowledgeable, and we had an amazing day, totally recommend!
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-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-4
The tour operator is very responsive.
Kien_K, Mar 2022
Private Tour for Cruisers : Ephesus Ancient City & Temple of Artemis
Although we had some hiccups - hot air balloon was rescheduled and camel safari was cancelled due to weather condition, but we were being informed nicely and professionally. We also get our refund on time. The tour operator is very polite and informative.
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-4
A great day out
Nigel_W, Oct 2019
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour - Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, Sirince
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.
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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