According to Pherecydes of Leros, quoted by Strabo, Ephesus was occupied by Carians (and Leleges), and when there was a migration of the Ionians in the region, the city of Ephesus was founded by Androcles, legitimate son of Codro, the leading Ionians , who drove the Carians and Leleges. Ephesus became the site of the royal palace of the princes of the Ionians, and the city was still ruled by his descendants in the time of Strabo.
Ephesus was the commercial center of the ancient world, and is one of the highlight points of your visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and commerce can be seen through its architecture was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the world, and rebuilt several times on several occasions, dating to the 3rd century BC. The ruins also include parts of the city partially preserved as Curetes Street, the Temple of Hadrian, gym, market, marble bathrooms, street, road Arcade Celsius library and theater, which is still used today. The Basilica of Saint John in the town of Selcuk and the house where the Virgin Mary lived her last days after the death of Christ on the Mount Nightingale, are also close to the city of Ephesus.