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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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104 reviews 104 reviews
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Must see. This ruin was beautiful and so well preserved. One of the highlight of our Turkish adventure.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Loved the experience of walking down the paths knowing that it covered so much history. Many people will try to tell you to get a tour guide but they are expensive!! I bought the Rick Steve's travel book and it directs and explains each part of the site individually so that way you can walk at your own pace and... More

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Tyumen, Russia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I loved it!! Lots of ancient structures and SO much to explore. Make sure to bring a hat, good shoes, and water because it gets HOT!! A definite MUST see. Its gonna be a long trek but worth the experience.

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

In my opinion, this was the best display of ruins I saw in all of Turkey. Much of it is restored, but it is still super impressive, especially the Library of Celsus and Hadrian's Gate. There is also a very large amphitheater. This was the largest ruins site that I saw in Turkey, so I would allow a couple of... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

If you are anywhere near Ephesus, you should go see this excellently preserved city. We booked our tour through Royal Caribbean which docked in the nearby city of Kusadasi. If you are on a cruise to this city, book a tour to Ephesus, or if you can make the trip from elsewhere in Turkey or Greece, do so. There is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It is easy to imagine the bustling, crowded city this once was, because it is absolutely chock-a-block with bus tours and cruisers. Regardless, totally worth it, and a must-see. Recommend downloading the free Rick Steeves pod-cast tour of the city/map before you go (a bit hokey, but free and lots of good information).

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Well, just like the topic, it's a must see point as a tourist in Turkey. But just too many people every day. And, a bit disappointed that they don't allow to use tripod for photos. Nobody knows why. Averagely it's a valuable place to have a look, but I didn't go there when I second time to be in Selcuk.

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