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Ephesus Theatre

Site entry 4 km (21/2 mi) west of Selcuk on Selcuk-Ephesus road, Selcuk, Turkey
232 892 6402 or 232 892 6940
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Ranked #4 of 41 attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Theaters
Owner description: The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built in the 3rd century BC and was later updated by the Romans in the 1st... more » Owner description: The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built in the 3rd century BC and was later updated by the Romans in the 1st century AD when it had a seating capacity of 25,000. « less
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Gjovik Norway & Kansas USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We took a day tour of the ruins at Ephesus. The facility is well maintained with markets at both entrances and modern toilets and drinks and snacks. The site itself is accessible for tourists to walk around fairly unrestricted. It is a large site and takes a few hours to explore, and longer with a tour guide. It was helpful... More

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Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a very large theatre. If you have travelled and seen others like in Pompeii, you know what you are going to see. It is big though.. still well preserved.

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San Francisco, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Huge! Cool views and fun to walk around. Gives you a sense of the size of the city and easy to picture where the harbor was from there.

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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109 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Ephesus is described as "among the best preserved ancient sites in the world." we started our 3 week trip in turkey in Istanbul, flying to the Cappadocia area and driving from there down to Antalya and along and up the Mediterranean coast to selcuk. we saw the ruins of olympos, myra, patara, letoon, xanthos, tlos, didyma and miletus before we... More

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The whole Ephesus site is incredible ,but the Library and Theatre were just breathtaking. The library has full height with reconstructed columns as well as archways.You turn the corner and there it in all it's glory! The Theatre is almost as good although I have seen similar in Orange and Vaison La Romaine!

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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The ruins at Ephesus (although crowded with tourists) show the whole city, library, temple and theatre bring history to life. The theatre could hold 25.000 people, so times that by ten for an idea of the population of Ephesus in its heyday. Even if you have seen other ruins, come to Ephesus, deposited the crowds and the slippery pathways (beware... More

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Niederhasli, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great adventure! Great to see all the ancient rest of the antique times. Everything in good condition! Can be pretty hot in summer and of course many tourists all over!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A beautiful well-preserved theatre, but not unlike many others we have been to before. Still nice to admire and appreciate.

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Arusha T
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is one of the first things you will see if you enter from the southern gates at Ephesus (at the bottom of the hills). It's in good condition and even has a tunnel under that you can walk in. I wouldnt say it's amazing - have seen bigger and more amazing but its well preserved and part of history... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautifully restored amphitheater. Fun to climb up all the stairs and pose on "stage." Lots of history took place here; best to see with a tour guide. (Actually were there in Aug. 2012)

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