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Heracles Gate

Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #16 of 40 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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Cape Town, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
86 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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335 reviews 335 reviews
220 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
78 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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294 reviews 294 reviews
146 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
84 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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21 reviews 21 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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kingston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Mythology was always interesting when we studied it in school but to actually visit sites where they practiced it as a religion, is amazing.

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bournemouth
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107 reviews 107 reviews
51 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Lots of loose stone and not good for walking if you have mobility issues. I would recommend just a few minutes there but it is included in the entrance fee so take a look.

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