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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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The theatre is toward the lower end of the city tour. It is fairly well preserved and our tour guide said it was used for some modern concerts in the last decade or so. It is a great attraction as part of the Ephesus City tour - take lots of pictures!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Our Seabourn cruise offered a complementary visit to Ephesus at night (after closing) for a classical music concert. The site itself is remarkable. Well preserved. It ignites the imagination. One funny thing... As we got off the bus in the parking lot, our guide explained that the actual center of the original city had still to be excavated. It had... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Here is a very nice place with full of history. You can start your visit at 08:30 am. But please never try to visit here in the mid day time in summer season. And don't forget to leave your child if it's under 14 at home or in your hotel. Cause, to looking around in detail takes 4 - 5... More

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10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a must see. Make sure you include this site while visiting. Take a guide if possible to have the history explained.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If this place ever gets a terrible or bad review the people writting it must have walked around with a blindfold on! huge! try standing in the middle and singing to the masses! And beat all the tour crowds by rushing past them all in the morning and work your way back towards the entrance! that way youll get pictures... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Rather than going on a guided tour, get an audio guide, and you can take your time and explore more nooks and crannies. I'd also recommend staying in a lovely nearby hill town called Sirince and taking local buses. It's cheaper and more flexible and fun. Be sure to bring an umbrella as a sun shield and handy walking stick.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

(This is one of two theaters in Ephesus & is the largest). The cavea (seating area) of this theater was built using the slope of the hill to allow for less construction. This is a very large theater as enlarged by the Romans; having 66 rows of seats in the half-circle allowing for 25,000 spectators. The lower seating area utilizes... More

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Gjovik Norway & Kansas USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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11 helpful votes 11 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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