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Public Latrine

Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #7 of 42 Attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

What more could you want, running water heated seats by the servants and your own sponge on a stick not bad for an ancient city. Joking apart it was very interesting to see just how advanced a system they had in those days.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

it is what you think it is, only from ancient times. Legend is they used to have frogs in the fountain to cover up sound...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

What's not to like. They have running water, marble seats, and according to our guide, servants to warm them for you prior to use. Life could be worse (if you are not one of the seat warmers!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

These communal bathrooms are very interesting because they had running water that washed everything away. In addition, as the Romans were using the bathrooms a band would play music because the aristocrats like to enjoy themselves every moment.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Our guide made quite the spectacle of this site, but a latrine is a latrine. There is a long row of sitting bench with holes and no privacy dividers. The bigger picture is that they were located over running water that carried away the waste. Very sophisticated system for the time.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Why is ancient toilet sanitation so interesting to us now? I don't know, maybe it brings to life the ancients in our minds as real people with the same physical need we have. Seems odd to be reviewing a public restroom. I mean come on, if this were a review of the men's room in Newark airport, would you be... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We visited these public and communal latrines as part of our tour of Ephesus. They are identical to the public latrines we saw at Housesteads Fort at Hadrians Wall - all part of the ancient Roman Empire but it still surprised me a little! As at Housesteads, there is a deep sewer running under the communal latrines, flushed with running... More 

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