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Public Latrine

Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #5 of 40 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Geel, Belgium
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

tourist must see this, although it's a common view in most old roman ruins. The story is impressive and a little creative (5 meters deep...). But: it's also a view on the libray of Celsus. And for the professinals: try to see / find / understand the underground of Efese: drains, sewers, water systems: impressive how the maintained hygiene in... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is another ruin inside Ephesus, and it was neat to see. It will take you about 1-2 minutes to walk through the public latrine, which was open to both males and females - they must have been much less modest then!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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154 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While you might not think a toilet could be interesting, this one actually is! It's amazing that the covers on the latrines have survived over 2,000 years. The only thing that could make this site better is if you could sit on the seats (but of course since this is an archaeological site so you can't). Just hope that you... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Fascinating to think they had toilets with a sewerage system at least 1500 years before we did. Perhaps the addition of some cubicles would have been good but things seemed a bit more communal then.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

One of the fabulous things about visiting the ancient site of Ephesus is gaining insight into how these ancient people lived. The public latrines provide a quirky look at just how differently going to the bathroom was back then. They could accommodate 48 people simultaneously. This is a popular area to visit in the ancient site and gets very crowded.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This will be part of your tour if you are in the area and it gives you a great photo opportunity and a chance to see how public restrooms used to be in those days. Don't miss it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Interesting to see how the ancients designed their latrines and canal systems beneath. There is a brothel to visit too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We visited the Public Latrine during a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Ephesus. It is hard to believe the engineering technology known and used that long ago. It was an interesting visit.

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Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The public latrine where the rich would send their servants ahead of them to "warm the seat," was not what I expected an ancient toilet to look like. No privacy, communal wash water and musicians to "mask the noise." I wo

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

By human nature, people are fascinated with bodily functions - including elimination. This stop on the tour of Ephesus shows the public restrooms used in the city. Lined up one after the other - no visual privacy was used, however, musicians were hired to mask the unpleasant sounds in the facility.

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