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Public Latrine

Just off Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #5 of 40 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
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Huddersfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I was interested that ancient Ephesians had sit on rather than squat toilets. This communal toilet presumably meant people sat chatting whilst on the job, as it were. Fascinating. Children would probably be particularly impressed by the toilets...

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Landskrona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Our eleven year old companion mustered interest in Efesos until we had arrived to the latrines, after that his interest vanished completely. So, maybe this is what you need to keep younger persons interested? As a "ruin" it is, of course, well-kept, but still somewhat strange for a modern visitor. There are more interesting things to focus on at the... More

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Geel, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

tourist must see this, although it's a common view in most old roman ruins. The story is impressive and a little creative (5 meters deep...). But: it's also a view on the libray of Celsus. And for the professinals: try to see / find / understand the underground of Efese: drains, sewers, water systems: impressive how the maintained hygiene in... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is another ruin inside Ephesus, and it was neat to see. It will take you about 1-2 minutes to walk through the public latrine, which was open to both males and females - they must have been much less modest then!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While you might not think a toilet could be interesting, this one actually is! It's amazing that the covers on the latrines have survived over 2,000 years. The only thing that could make this site better is if you could sit on the seats (but of course since this is an archaeological site so you can't). Just hope that you... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Fascinating to think they had toilets with a sewerage system at least 1500 years before we did. Perhaps the addition of some cubicles would have been good but things seemed a bit more communal then.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

One of the fabulous things about visiting the ancient site of Ephesus is gaining insight into how these ancient people lived. The public latrines provide a quirky look at just how differently going to the bathroom was back then. They could accommodate 48 people simultaneously. This is a popular area to visit in the ancient site and gets very crowded.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

This will be part of your tour if you are in the area and it gives you a great photo opportunity and a chance to see how public restrooms used to be in those days. Don't miss it.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Interesting to see how the ancients designed their latrines and canal systems beneath. There is a brothel to visit too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We visited the Public Latrine during a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Ephesus. It is hard to believe the engineering technology known and used that long ago. It was an interesting visit.

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