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“Difficult for wheelchairs, but not impossible” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ephesus Theatre

Ephesus Theatre
Site entry 4 km (21/2 mi) west of Selcuk on Selcuk-Ephesus road, Selcuk, Turkey
232 892 6402 or 232 892 6940
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Ranked #4 of 42 Attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins, Theaters & Stadiums
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Owner description: The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built in the 3rd century BC and was later updated by the Romans in the 1st century AD when it had a seating capacity of 25,000.
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“Difficult for wheelchairs, but not impossible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

I recently visited this fantastic attraction with a friend who uses a wheelchair. Before we arrived we were concerned about accessibility but I am pleased to confirm that we managed the visit OK. The main entrance is higher than the exit, so, on the whole, gravity did most of the work. The walkway surface is rough in some places but it is manageable and in some places there are paths made from railway sleepers. Obviously, access to the higher levels of the theatre aren't possible, but there again I didn't want to climb up there in the heat. So overall, I would say that with a little help access for wheelchair users is possible and the sights are worth the effort.

Visited October 2013
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“impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We had a guided tour at Ephesus which contains more than just the theater. This site is very impressive and we got to see and learn everything about this site. We also got to see the terrace houses. I have visited Ephesus before but then at night when we attended at classical concert at the theater at night.
A visit to this ancient site is a must and a guide will make the tour even more rewarding.

Visited October 2013
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Tehran, Iran
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“Walking through ancient era”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Ephesus located in hillside, includes many elements of a civilization. Theater, Library, people's houses, king's house and other city facilities. There are trees inside the city and fields around it.
I enjoyed visiting this attraction in September, not to hot and weather is so clear there. Its easy to get there by bus, dolmus or train from Izrmir.

Visited September 2013
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“More than a mere Theatre!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Why on earth does Trip Advisor list the Theatre and nothing else? Ephesus is utterly remarkable. It is the largest Greco-Roman site I have seen, with some extraordinary buildings ----- partially ruined, or partially reconstructed ------ who cares? They include two Temples to Roman Emperors, Hadrian and Domitian; a lovely Tomb and Fountain of Pollio, whoever he was; the Library of Celsus; an Odeon (Theatre, originally roofed); the outdoor Theatre once holding 25,000, and deemed to be the largest of its kind in the ancient world. But it is the scale of the ruins that are astounding, with many of the main streets, squares, baths, and shopping precincts being clearly demarcated. At its zenith, the Roman city may have had as many as a quarter-of-a-million inhabitants. Not too far away is the Basilica of St John the Apostle who is said to have brought Mary to the house just down the road in which she spent her last decade. It looks curiously like a small English country home straight out of the Cotswolds.

As to the Theatre specifically. It was built around 200 BC by the Geeks and substantially revised later by the Romans. It is simply enormous, with 66 rows of seats divided by two circumferential walkways, Ten flights of steps ascend from the floor area, and twenty between the two upper tiers. The proscenium is three stories high, and must have been studded with statues and other forms of decoration in the good old days. Its uses were very much multipurpose: all the way from gladiatorial contests to philosophical lectures. How civilized these people were at that period!

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

miss....one of the most well protected places with many to see inside....lot of turists around from the cruises of the nearest villige of kusantasi..25 tl the entrance but believe me worth every lira you give(1e=2.6tl)

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