Kusadasi's beach-bum life amidst the mosques tempts, but most travel to Ephesus, once the area's main port. Centuries have extended the land on which the city sits, so that today it lies inland from the blue Aegean. One of the most remarkably preserved historic cities in the world, Ephesus' fascinating archaeological record stretches back as far as the 15th century B.C., although most ruins are from the Roman Empire. The air overhanging the baths, agora, and library is heavy with mystery and time. One of the ancient world's seven wonders, portions of the magnificent Temple of Artemis still stand.