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Heracles Gate

Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #16 of 41 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: This monumental gate, a two-storey building with six columns on each floor, was constructed towards the end of the 4th century. Today, the arch and... more » Owner description: This monumental gate, a two-storey building with six columns on each floor, was constructed towards the end of the 4th century. Today, the arch and most of the building are missing. It is also known by the name Victory Arch of Hercules. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

From the Heracles Gate, you get your first view of the beautiful Celsus Library ahead. The two carved figures of the gate are nice but it just seems that someone placed them in this location on a whim. All I can recommend is get a quality informational/picture book prior to coming to Ephesus; it will be of great aid to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I loved Heracles gate. It is a beautiful structure and very worthwhile to vist. The best place to take a cool picture of the library.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Well preserved and worthwhile to spend a few extra moments while touring the city of Ephesus to really appreciate this Gate.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Worthwhile visit! Great restoration and excavation. View of Celsus Library and Terrace Houses best observed from these gates

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Hercules (or Heracles) Gate, a narrow passage, was built to stop the wheeled traffic into Curetes Street, leaving it free for the pedestrians. The style of the 2 reliefs on the lintels is characteristic of 2nd c.AD. But they were brought to Ephesus from another place, in 5th c.AD after the big 4th c.earthquake. The Gate has taken its name... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

All that remains of this gate, if it ever was one, are two very large statues depicting Hercules with the Nemean Lion. Although it dates from the 2nd Cent. AD, it is reported to have been transplanted from elsewhere to its present site in the 5th Cent. AD. Compared with the exquisite craftsmanship of the Hadrian's Temple (Monument) friezes, it... More

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We walked through what is left of Heracles Gate, with the Arch gone, you have to have some imagination as to what it must have been. Well worth taking a photo.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Absolutely a great spot to take a great photo of what use to be the gate leading you to the library. Beautiful architecture again and so amazing that this is still standing!

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Pennsilvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Great spot for pictures, well preserved, go early before the tours. The statue of Athena Nike is great.

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Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is the division between the part of the street where the chariots had access to and the aristocratic pedestrian only way

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