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Public Latrine

Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #5 of 41 Attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Now this is a interesting experience, free to one and all Enjoy as long as you do not mind others watching you Lol

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Part of our Ephesus trip A truly memorable day out, Its very open so cover up and take your sun cream and take plenty of water.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our tour guide explained how the water used for the baths was recycled as "flush" water for the latrine. There is no privacy here but it must have been a modern marvel of the times that was well-engineered!

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I can't vouch for the authenticity of this information but it sounded plausible... Our guide shared that the idiom to "sit on it awhile" and other similar statements derived from the practice of meeting in the public latrines to discuss and consider important decisions regarding public policy among the upper class gentlemen of antiquity. They indeed "sat on it awhile"... More

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Belle Mead, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Never thought that public toilet would be so interesting but they were. The upper classes certainly had it better than the rest of the population. Wow, marble toilets.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Seems as though the Romans used the public latrines in Ephesus as a social gathering place. We learned about the plumbing system used to keep the latrines fresh and clean. Very interesting and fun site!

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Arusha T
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is another "site" inside ephesus. They are public toilets from Roman times. Nothing to get excited about.

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Gisborne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Yes these are worth seeing as is all of Ephesus, It was extremely hot when we were here with a lot of other people. Take a hat and water as to assure you don't get sunstroke. Also the marble roads are very slippery I would take good walking shoes. I would also have a guide as there is a lot... More

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Ephesus has lots of things to see .... the marble privy slots are incredible. Wonder what folks talked about as they sat next to each other.

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had been to Ephesus two or three times before and were disappointed to find that the actual latrines had now been roped off and were off limits. (I understand the reasoning with so many tourists, but it's also sad.)

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