• Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus

    Temple of Hadrian, Ephesus

    This was a marvelous structure on Curate's Avenue. In was erected in 138 at the latest. It forms a simple naos structure with a plain monumental pronaos. At the front of the pronaos are four Corinthian columns with triangular capitals... Read more

  • Celsus Library, EphesusTaylor Made Ephesus Tour

    Celsus Library, Ephesus

    One of the fully-restored structures at Ephesus is the Celsus Library. Around 92 AD Roman Consul Tiberius Julius Polemaeanus was responsible for public buildings in the city of Rome, and was from 105 to 107 Proconsul for the province of Asia, the capital of which was Ephesus... Read more

  • House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus

    House of Virgin Mary, Ephesus

    According to the Gospel of John, as Jesus was hanging on the cross, He presented His beloved disciple John with the care of His mother, Mary. Four of six years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. John and Mary are thought to have come to Ephesus and stayed on the site of what is not the Church of the Council of 431... Read more

  • Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

    Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

    Ortakoy Mosque (Ortakoy Camii), officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortakoy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus... Read more

  • Cistern Basilica (Yerebatan Sarayi), Istanbul

    Cistern Basilica (Yerebatan Sarayi), Istanbul

    The name of this subterranean structure derives from a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica, beneath which it was originally constructed. According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine constructed a structure which was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532... Read more

  • Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

    Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

    Istanbul's history dates back to 633 B.C. when Doric settlers from Megara founded a small, commercial colony here that became known as Byzantion. Two major constraints dictated the siting of ancient cities: topography and strategic considerations... Read more

  • Temple of Apollo, Didyma Turkey

    Temple of Apollo, Didyma Turkey

    Didyma, located in the southwest part of modern Turkey, was an important religious site of ancient Ionia. It was home to a large temple dedicated to Apollo, called the Didymaion. Pausanias (Greek traveler, ca. 160 A.D.) explained that the Didymaion was constructed before Greek colonization (10th century B.C.)... Read more