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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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137 reviews 137 reviews
96 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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231 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
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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82 attraction reviews
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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382 reviews 382 reviews
177 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
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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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

If you visit Ephesus you will walk through the Gate of Heracles. Be sure to have your photo made. There is a professional photographer who takes pictures if you want that done. Hard to believe so many people passed through Ephesus and that there was a world famous library there.

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