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Public Latrine

Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #6 of 41 Attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting piece of information given by our lady guide, Rose: the politicians and town elders of the time, used it as a meeting/conference facility due to its privacy!! Ermmm.....well, guess they were ful of s***t, pardon my french, considering the lenght of modern days poitical debates :-)

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This was a practical way of sanitation when you look at what you use today it's the same system minus the sponge for wiping yourself yuck and the slave to clean out the stuff after your done....gross ..

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

An extremely well preserved public toilets, marble-topped, where you can also see the pool used in there where clean water used to flow.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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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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