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Ancient City of Ephesus

Adnan Menderes Bul, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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Ranked #3 of 40 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

A top of the list site to visit in Turkey. A lot of it has been reconstructed but this gives a great feel of what it was like. Do yourself a favour and allow at least four hours to see everything and stroll around to really soak it in. Make sure you visit House of Mary (Mother of Jesus) the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Ephesus is remarkably extensive but I understand it was home to many thousand people. It was crowded when we visited so it was difficult to take photos without hoards of people showing up... I recommend paying extra and visiting the terraces which give a good idea of how normal (rich) people might have lived.

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Adana, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We were privileged enough to travel to Selcuk by vehicle therefore we were on our own schedule. Due to this we came early. There was no line for tickets or entry, but there was some confusion in price. Most websites for ticket prices for most Turkish sites, including this one says; “12 and under free” but the ticket booths have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We were dream about this place so many years and finally we made it. What a wonderful story about it and really worth it to visit. We flew from Indonesia and really worth it for us

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took a private tour guide to see this excavated city. It was amazing! I have seen many ancient cities including Petra and Pompeii. However, Ephesus definitely goes to the top. I love ancient history. So for me, this was a walk through the past. The city is well excavated and preserved. You can truly imagine how... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Ephesus is a wonderful site. Its surprisingly big, and beyond the well-trod paths of the tourist bus travellers there are all sorts of interesting ruins, some quite overgrown. Check out the collection of sarcophagi and the Church of Mary (not to be confused with the House of Mary some distance away). It's worth taking a good guide book with you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

i wasn't sure what to expect when visiting considering we had just done troy, where the ruins were basically just overgrown bricks and left everything to the imagination. However Ephesus was amazing, the ruins are all signposted, alot you could see thoroughly and walk through, most have been revamped so are in decent condition but still seem original, its also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We only had a few hours and so hired a tour-guide. With the MuzeKart you get in for free, as with most good museums in Turkey. Mehmet Kadir Sahin (msahin21@gmail.com) was excellent at providing great details of what we were looking at and their quality of life. No bathrooms available during tour but available at beginning and end. Prepare for... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

the atmosphere of these ancient roman ruins take you back to the era of 500B.C. you can feel the gladiators in the arena, and picture the romans going about thier everyday lives back in these ancient ruins. It not toe missed. It is one of the best ruins in Turkey and the reason we travelled here. /we were not disappointed.

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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

These weren't my favorite ruins in Turkey - they didn't have the beauty of Heirapolis, and weren't wide open to explore like Patara, Cappadocia, or countless other ruins in Turkey. But The work they've done there is amazing, and the level of detail preserved throughout the place is astounding. It is crowded, be prepared for shops outside, guides, and all... More

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