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Public Latrine

Address: Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #9 of 44 Attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Van Anda
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248 reviews 248 reviews
165 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

In the ancient roman days this was the place to multi task. Do your deed, and gossip. Only for men and if you were rich you would have your servant go earlier and warm the marble seat. Now a days, the public toilet is almost 1/4 km away at the exit. So much more civilized in the old days! worth... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Built in the first century A.D. they were the public toilets of Ephesus. The toilets are arranged side by side with no partition between them. So no privacy here.

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Crossett
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Make sure your guide includes this public latrine in your day in Ephesus! All open but with heated marble seats for the occupants' enjoyment. This is off Theron drag but you don't want to miss it! Amazing innovations from centuries ago!

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Alhaurin de la Torre, Spain
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10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is on the route of the main Ephesus site and so requires little or no effort to visit if you are there already. It takes no time at all to visit it and it is a quite interesting thought that we are not so different from our forebears! Don't expect any relief from the visit though as you still... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Located just off of Curetes Street in the ancient city of Ephesus you can find a room filled with public toilets. Just imagine no separation, marble heated seating by the servants and a fountain to help drown out the noise.... it is very impressive how thousands of years ago a civilization could creative something so impressive. Yes its just a... More 

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Rome, Italy
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277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

These are very similar to what you see at Ostia Antica outside Rome. Use your imagination to make the visit more interesting. (Tip: hire a good guide for the visit to Ancient Ephesus and you'll get so much more out of it.)

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

It had just rained before my tour of Ephesus and I noticed that rain was retained in the areas worn by feet or sandals over the centuries that this latrine was used. Really brings home the sophistication of the town planning and how close some of their creature comforts were to ours.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I was taken aback when I suddenly walked up to this and realized what it was. I felt like I was intruding somehow, even thousands of years later. I can only imagine the conversations that took place while the Ephesians were doing their "business" here.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Now we may think we have evolved a lot as a civilization but when you see the kind of loos and sanitation these ancient cities built some 2000 years ago then you think whee have we actually evolved. These public latrines are one such great example. You cant miss them when in ephesus.

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Weihai, China
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

This was an interesting stop and demonstrates the sophistication of the Romans. From the site you can get a good photo of the library.

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