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Heracles Gate

Address: Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #19 of 51 things to do in Selcuk
Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This monumental gate, a two-storey building with six columns on each floor, was constructed towards...
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Type: Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Located at the beginning of Curetes Street, the Heracles Gate is a two-storeyed edifice. In the lower floor there is a wide arched passageway, and in the upper floor there are six columns in a row. Be sure you do not hurry past this as you walk down Curetes Street.

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was a very decent building within Ephesus. It's very surreal to walk where someone like Hadrian was at!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Heracles Gate is located along the street of Curetes and is on your way down to the Celsus Library. Most people and tour groups didn't even bother to stop because they were so focused on getting down to the library (don't make this same mistake!) there is so much to see along the way down, this is definitely a... More 

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The experts don't agree whether the figure so prominent on the gate is Medusa. As you walk toward the Library of Celsus, be sure to see everything along the way. This is not easy to miss if you're paying attention.

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Illinois
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197 attraction reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

You will walk right by this gate on your way to the library. Don't make the mistake that some of our group did. They were so focused on the library in the distance and walked right by the Hercules Gate.

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Heracles Gate straddles Curetes Street about half way down to hillside towards the library. There are two beautiful carvings on either side but the original archway is missing. This part of Ephesus was very busy while we were there but we could still appreciate the beauty of this location.

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Was my 3rd to time to Ephesus this year and each time I see something different! The carvings are so intricate.

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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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