Graveyard of Ephesus

Ephesus, the second most crowded city in the ancient world, used to have massive burial sites. Today it is unfortunate that we can not see most of them anymore because most of them were located outside the city’s central ”acropolis” which is visible today. Recent excavations revealed a gladiators’ graveyard nearby the old harbor but researchers say that it will take several years to make the graveyard open for the tourist. Also, the city is believed to host tombs of the Virgin Mary, Saint Luke, and Saint John but today only the tomb of Saint John could be located. Some sarcophagus (tombs standing on the ground level from Roman or Greek times) can be seen by the lower entrance of Ephesus.