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Ephesus (Kusadasi, Turkey)
"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." (EPH 1)
Among the old world regions of the Mediterranean, one of the most fruitful for Christian and Muslim cultures has been the site of Ancient Ephesus. It is within this region that the Apostle Paul sent word to the local churches to build ministry focused on the body of Christ through unity, and the export of missionaries into Asia Minor. Ephesus remains one of the central sites of early Christianity and has been noted as one of the 7 churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. Saint Paul spent large portions of time in Ephesus, and wrote his epistle to the church during imprisonment in Rome (around AD 62). Ephesus remains as a central site of tourism in the ancient world and hosts such sites as: St. Johns Basilica, House of the Virgin Mary (where Mary is rumored to have spent the last days of her life), Celsius Amphitheater (where Paul addressed the local people on numerous occasions), Hadrian's Temple, the Arcadian Way (where Antony and Cleopatra walked), and the ancients sites of the Temples, city walls, and markets. All in all, Ancient Ephesus seems to contain all essences of its original centrality, in that, it has become one of the biggest sites for pilgrimage outside of the traditional Mediterranean.