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IATUL Fall Seminar - 2023

Social Events and Study Tours

Social Program

Welcome Reception

Date: 4 September 2023, Monday

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Place: Historical Coal Gas Factory Cultural Center

Address: Umurbey Mahallesi, Alsancak, İzmir, Türkiye

Gala Dinner

Date: 5 September 2023, Tuesday

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Note: If you want to watch the sunset, we recommend you to be at the restaurant at 07.15 p.m.

Study Tour: Pearls of Izmir province: Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, and Sirince Village (optional 85 Euro extra)

Date: 7 September 2023, Thursday


Please see the below title for tour details.




Study Tour: Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Sirince Village

Pearls of Izmir province: Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, and Sirince Village

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 the Library of Celsus 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. Since the 5th century, the House of the Virgin Mary, a domed cruciform chapel seven kilometers from Ephesus, became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. The Ancient City of Ephesus is an outstanding example of a Roman port city, with a sea channel and harbor basin.


Sirince: This old Roman village of Selcuk district is famous for its vineyards, peach groves, olive groves, and unique architecture. Sirince is an important tourism center with its local products and stone houses restored and turned into lodging houses.

Source: İzmir City Booklet, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality

Daily Study Tour Program:

  • Departure from Izmir on the 7 September, Thursday morning.
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary
  • Visit Ephesus (The Celsius Library, Grand Theater, Temples, Baths, and Agoras
  • Lunch Break
  • Visit the Sirince Village
  • Return to Izmir

The House of Virgin Mary was discovered by Lazarist priests in 1891 and Pope VI. After Paul's visit in 1967, it was accepted as the center of the cross for Christians. After drinking water from the Sacred Fountain, we go to the ancient city of Ephesus, which was built entirely of marble, in the class of a metropolis of a period. In Ephesus, accompanied by our guide, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian, the Temple of Serapis, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Upper Agora and the Basilica, the Odeon, the Town Hall, the Turkish Bath, and the public toilet, as well as the unique ancient ruins such as the Celsus Library, which is both a tomb monument and a library, and the extant We see the ancient theatre. The old Greek village of Şirince, which the Greek writer Dido Sotiriou mentioned in his work "Say hi for me to Anatolia".  We are walking among historical houses and streets with authentic architecture. Our guests listen to how fruit wines are made in wineries, and they can taste and shop for free. After our Şirince tour, we complete the Ephesus Şirince Virgin Mary Tour and return to İzmir.

Study Tour (Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, and Sirince Village) Fee: 85.00 Euro