With its rich Greek-Roman heritage, Turkey is a gateway into a glorious past. Discover some of its magnificent ruins exuding both grandeur and simplicity.
The Basilica Cistern, built in 532 by Justinian I, is an underground well supported by 336 marble columns. It sourced water for the Great Palace during the Byzantine era. If you are staying in serviced apartments in Istanbul, the likes of Somerset Maslak Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is located west of Hagia Sophia. The water is sourced from a reservoir 19km away via the Valens and Maglova Aqueducts.
Basilica of St. John
Head to Ephesus to discover another Byzantine relic, the Basilica of St. John. Perched on a hill, this ancient Byzantine church is rumoured to be the resting place of St. John. It was later destroyed by an earthquake leaving the ruins seen today.
Temple of Artemis
Walk a few minutes further to view the Temple of Artemis. Considered the largest temple in the ancient world, it was destroyed 3 times. Today, only one lone column stands at this site in place of its former magnificent structure.
Once the capital of Roman Asia Minor, Ephesus is a city brimming with ancient relics. The Library of Celsus is a must-see attraction together with the nearby open-air theatre, the largest in the ancient world. Be sure to visit other ruins such as the Temple of Hadrian and remains of old Roman houses.