Ephesus was a major port city on the western coast of Asia Minor, in what today is Turkey. As a center for seaborne trade and the hub of the region’s road system, Ephesus was a thriving urban community. By the late first century A.D. it was the fourth largest city in the Roman Empire. The Romans made Ephesus an administrative center for the province of Asia. The governor and other officials from Rome entered the province through the harbor and conducted much of their business in the city. Renowned religious shrines, a spacious theater, stadium, and elegant public buildings gave Ephesus an integral place in the cultural life of the entire region. In the mid-first century A.D., Paul worked at Ephesus for several years (see Ephesus on the Journeys of Paul web site). Click "city tour" on the left to continue.