On Day 6, we are the tour to Selcuk, where 2 kilometers northeast of the ancient city Ephesus. The journey from Pamukkale to Kusadasi is taken 206 km and it's around 3 hours by bus. It's not long journey like on Day 5 so we depart from the hotel around 9 am.
When we arrived at Kusadasi, we straight take lunch first at the orange garden restaurant. Of course, its set meal which starts with soup and bread, salad, and the main course is chicken with rice. It's delicious and the taste is also similar with Malay foods to me.
Yes, our tour is beginning at Selcuk. The first place we visit is House of Virgin Mary. This place is located on the top of the "Bulbul" mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green.. The scenery is so beautiful.
The House of Virgin Mary, where some people believed that the Virgin Mary lived here with St. John towards the end of her life. The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stone. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslim). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's.
Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.
Next up, one of the highlights of this memorable tour the ruins of Ephesus. 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 of Library of Celsius 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.
I would like to share the general view of the Ephesus. From the lower entrance, you will walk through the shaded path with the ruins of the Vedius Gymnasium on your left. Soon you will step on the Arcadian Way and at the end of it, view the Great Amphitheatre. Proceed along the Marble Way to the iconic Library of Celsius, the magnificent façade still maintain the architectural designs. See the remains of the brothel, Hadrian's Temple, Trojan Fountain, and baths.
Out Tour Guide, Ms. Gulhan is understanding the person, she given us time to explore the huge place of Ephesus is around 3 hours for the photos as many we want at this place. Lucky on that time, the weather was great so it's making us easy to take photos.
While we are waiting for our bus to pick-up us, we take rest at one of the cafés at in front the main entrance of Ephesus. We don't ask the drinks prices since we're so thirsty. We just take 3 cans drinks and the price is TL 30, which mean each of this cans is TL 10. It around RM 15, just for 1 can drink only. It's so expensive. So you need be careful.
Then, we straight check-in our hotel room just nearby beach. We stay at Ephesia Hotel and they already make arrangement for us to stay in the room with sea view. It's so beautiful. Here, the view of our room at Ephesia Hotel. This time, we also stay 1 night only.
Our dinner is just at the hotel and its buffet at this time. Since this place is nearby sea so majority our meals are related with seafood. Everything is fresh, and delicious.