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

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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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Very interesting indeed! What a way to get to know your neighbors! Interesting system for that time period.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Make sure you bring extra euros as you can't visit unless you pay. Period. Everywhere here is that way though.

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Izmir Province, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I really hope that my toilet doesn't become part of such famous ruins one day. But I'm sure glad this one exists because it is in such good condition you can definitely tell what it is and what it was used for. Be very careful not to walk past it because it can happen. As you stand on the street... More

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Interesting, but seriously no privacy. I only wish I would have had the men in our group pose for a picture. That would have been priceless!

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Canada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Definitely a must when visiting the attraction but have a guide to really appreciate the public latrine.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I don't know why I find them fascinating but I do. Apparently politicians were known to make deals at the latrines which were more a place for socializing. The engineering of them and the sewage if amazing.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

But really, not deserving of terrific reviews i mean really -- it's a recreaetd set of holes in a bench.

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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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