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Address: Izmir, Turkey
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This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and...

This ancient fortress was strategically built in view of the harbor and city in the 4th century BC. Roman and Byzantine engravings can still be seen on the remaining walls.

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Great Ephesus tour and tour guide Mehmet Cibikci!!!

We were a family of 3 met promptly at the airport by our tour guide, Mehmet Cibikci. On the bus, we were met by other tourists from other countries like India, China and USA... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
Manila, Philippines

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
70 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The view over Izmir from this dominant site high on a hill is still there, but it is now partially obscured by a shanty town. Moreover, the dusty square outside the old castle is now an improvised playground for Romany children and those of refugees. It is no longer a tourist destination and there are other sights in which to... More 

Thank John L
Athens, Greece
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

After we walked all the way from the city center to reach the Turkish flag by foot and the ruins, it was indeed a great experience to sit on the top of Kadifekale and see Ataturk's picture sculpted on the rocks.

Thank Adelina S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It is in a really dangerous neighbourhood and you will be stared at the whole time you are there the view is impressive but it is not really worth it to go.

1 Thank Charlie J
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were a family of 3 met promptly at the airport by our tour guide, Mehmet Cibikci. On the bus, we were met by other tourists from other countries like India, China and USA. Mehmet had terrific knowledge of Ephesus and while it was a one day tour we felt like we learned so many things in a day! we... More 

1 Thank MenchuFernandez
Alanya, Turkey
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The view was great! Easy to get there with bus no. 33 from konak. But it was just a wall and poor kids was running around. Dirty and nothing special to see. Just spent 5 minutes watching the great city view and then we went back to centrum.

1 Thank karina s
Durban, South Africa
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72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Not much of an attraction. Nothing but a broken castle wall actually, BUT definitely the most amazing view of Izmir. Just be wary of the kids begging as son as you exit the taxi. Pay them any attention and you hounded for the entire visit. Give them money and they look at you like "Is this all you going to... More 

3 Thank Lee_Durban
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Well, actually we were searching another place, that one which has anciet lift and panoramic view too. So we just walked in town and desided to go upward. In theese scary "favelas'. It was a sunny day and btw wednessday or something, so there were almost nobody in favelas and it happened to be an interesting place actually. So we... More 

2 Thank Илья К
Izmir Province, Turkey
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238 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is not a lot left of these ruins but they are still worth a visit. There is great views of the city and if you are there on a clear day you can see for miles. Watch out for the sheep being slaughtered on the side of the road at the top of the hill and also don't walk... More 

2 Thank Leeanne G
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It WS had enough to find directions to the site but worst of all there are no actual workers in there as it is a free site. Being swamped by begging children and no general information readily available ...disappointing. Its also in a shocking neigbourhood which again not an issue but be mindful

1 Thank Nomeian
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

From all over Izmir you can see the castle standing proudly on top of the hill, and so you get excited about seeing what one would expect is a grand spectacle. The trip up is an adventure, we caught a bus from the Konak station, you can ask around and someone will point it out. Entry is free, but this... More 

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