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Ancient City of Ephesus

Adnan Menderes Bul, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 41 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Rockville, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's hot and crowded, but Ephesus is an amazing experience if you're into history and archeology. Visitors to Ephesus stroll among marble columns, climb the steps of ancient theaters, walk through what once was the third-largest library in the world, and visit the courtyards, kitchens and bathrooms of 2000-year old houses. For this reason, Ephesus is more than just... More

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Perth, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here on an extremely hot day. The guide was very informative but I think this tour deserves a private guide. There is so much history, including references to biblical times and biblical characters, including the Virgin Mary, who lived out her life in this city. I am not religious but found it fascinating. I took... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I was here in 1995. Impressed. Good memories. This time I brought my family and we hired a guide. The 90 minute tour became a 150 minute tour as our guide __guided__our vision and opened up the history and the terrain to us. There has been a lot of knew work and I reel at the idea that only 15%... More

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kent
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A good long walk around, you need good fitting shoes, it was very warm when we visited and we weren't in the hot season. Take a bottle of water. Very crowded when the cruise ships were docked

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Read up on it before you go, as it is a bit too hot for standing around absorbing historical data. Nice and shady in the smaller houses tour. You can go as fast or slowly as you want to, great for photography. Don't miss the storks nest on the column near the exit. If you get a chance, stay a... More

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited Ephesus on a day trip as part of our cruise. The site was awe inspiring and we were amazed at the sophistication of the buildings and statues of that era. Don't forget to take an umbrella with you during summer, as there is not a lot of shade on the site. Also a toilet visit... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Ephesus is an incredible sight to behold, regardless of your level of interest in the ancient civilisations that built it. A lot of the ruins are piles of rubble, having at some point been destroyed by vicious earthquakes or some other ill fate. For them, it is hard to imagine the grand structures they used to be. However, a large... More

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went to turkey (Kusadasi) for our Honeymoon. One of our day trips was to the ancient city of Ephesus. We hired a wonderful couple (Husband and Wife) as our tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. There is a lot to see so I recommend you wear sunscreen, hat and comfortable... More

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lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We booked with Pioneer Travel, via Morris, to return to Ephesus & Pamukkale. We took our 16 year old Grandson this time. Our Guide was called Mesut, but he wasn't as knowledgeable as our Guide, last year. However, he was fun to be around. We had an AMAZING time, but people need to be informed that lunches are NOT included... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our visit to the ancient city was magical. It was hot even though it was early June the temps were very high even at 9:00 a.m. As Europe has been experiencing extremely high temps the last five years. Wear a hat and bring water as you wouldn't want to leave this wonderful site any sooner than necessary. The excavation is... More

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