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Address: Site entry 4 km (21/2 mi) west of Selcuk on Selcuk-Ephesus road, Selcuk, Turkey
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The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built...

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.

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Awesome place!

Breathtaking! This is a must do! You can almost picture Paul standing there speaking to you... The place is completely open so you can explore and take it in at your own pace.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Breathtaking! This is a must do! You can almost picture Paul standing there speaking to you... The place is completely open so you can explore and take it in at your own pace.

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Thank Chad A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk up to the back of this amphitheatre and take a photo. Sit there and you can actually hear what people are saying down on the stage. Great acoustics.

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Thank Bigred013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ahh a place to sit and relax for a few minutes whilst taking in all the history and ruins around. A must when walking through the Ephesus area.

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Thank Gary M
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The theatre at Ephesus is an impressively large structure which has been carefully restored. The acoustics are excellent and visitors are able to explore the stage as well as the numerous tiers of stone seats. Offering opportunities for some great photographs, it is a highlight of any visit to the ruins of Ephesus.

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Thank BrianL1272
Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't believe the size of this place, was just awesome, a must visit. It's amazing how much of it is still in tact!

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Thank faredaj
Encinitas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A most magnificent structure built in the 3rd century BC but during the Roman Period was enlarged to 25,000 seats. There are excellent acoustics, you can easily hear someone talking from the stage to the top seats. The theater was used not only for concerts and plays, but also for religious, political and philosophical discussions and for gladiator and animal... More 

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Thank looski
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always a good idea to readbeforehand or take a tour with a (human) tour guide since there are different civilizations' monuments, ruins etc. But it is always fascinating to witness the quality of work they have done in old times. It can take up to 3-4 hours to walk the whole city with a decent guide.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This theatre is a sight to behold. I imagined performances back in the era when this was a bustling port city and the people who came to see the entertainment. An essential part of your Ephesus tour.

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Thank Sarah R
Lagos, Nigeria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Here, biblical scholars can visualize St Paul preaching nearly 2000. More striking #for about two hours they all with one voice cried out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians"# Think of the theater filled to capacity with excited men, all taking up a chant with one voice. It's an incredible experience. I recommend standing in the center of the stage,... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The wonderful thing about visiting Turkey and these sites is the ability to walk among the ruins and truly feel the breezes as our predecessors did, look up at the sky, look at the architecture and how each stone was placed.

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