The Odeion

The Odeion, Selcuk

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This small, enclosed theater was used for concerts as well as political events. The theater contained 23 tiered rows of seating in a semi-circular shape, which could accommodate up to 1450 spectators.
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia11,396 contributions
Sep 2020
The Odeon is the smaller Ephesus amphitheater not to be mixed with the huge one in its vicinity.
The Odeon is almost the first attraction if entering through the Heraclus gate. It could seat around 1.500 (compared to 25.000 in the amphitheater) and it was used as a concert venue and Roman Senate meeting place.
Written November 8, 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania22,100 contributions
Aug 2020
A small ancient theater that has the misfortune to be located just 500m from another one, much larger and more impressive. It is the first interesting objective, if you enter the site through the north gate. Interesting fact: in that ancient times it has a wooden roof.
Written September 23, 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand2,822 contributions
Nov 2019
Lots of interesting nooks and crannies in and around the Odeion. Interesting place of past entertainment, debate and discourse.
Written March 5, 2020
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Mohit
Noida, India333 contributions
Dec 2019
Depending on what gate you take to enter Ephesus, this would be the first or last thing you see here. It would be great it it's last though. It's kinda "cute" and unlike the large amphitheatre which was used for public gatherings and state functions, this smaller one which was used for musical contests and probably official meetings is completely open. You can access all the parts of the amphitheatre including the central space.

In the ancient times, the people used to enter amphitheatres through the side entrances and in a lot of amphitheatres these side entrances are either destroyed (the larger amphitheatre) or are converted into small museums (in Jordan) but here they are as much intact as they can be after so many years. That's probably the best part of being here.
Written January 5, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Apr 2019
The Odeion of Ancient Ephesus is a small theater about 150m east of Hercules Gate. Construction in 150 A.D. was financed by a wealthy citizen named Publius Vedius Antonius and his wife FlaviaPapiana. The Odeion was built into the hillside in a semi-circular shape, with 23 tiers of seats, accommodating 1450 spectators. There are three main sections: the cavea (auditorium), the orchestra (place of action for the actors) and the skene (the stage building). The semi-circular cavea is divided in two by a diazoma (horizontal passage separating the rows of seats) in the center. The marble seats are well crafted. The skene probably had two-stories with a narrow marble podium in front. The orchestra is semi-circular; the lack of gutters (for rain water) indicates that the Odeion was roofed. There were five entrances (in the front of the theater and along the street to the State Agora), and the facade was adorned with pillars. The Odeion was used for political meetings (bouleuterion), social events, concerts and theatrical performances. This theater is one of many ruins in Ephesus which is a UNESCO World heritage Site. The ruins are popular, so visiting early or late in the day helps avoid crowds. Sturdy shoes, water and a hat are recommended, as walking surfaces are uneven, and there is little shade. The Ephesus site is open Apr-Oct: 8am-7.30pm, and closes at 5.30pm Nov-Mar. There is an entry fee of ₺60 for adults; children are free. Parking is 10₺.
Written November 23, 2019
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Karen K
United States77 contributions
Sep 2019
The Odeion, a small theater with a stage, seating and an orchestra, had a double function. It was used for Senate meetings and as a concert hall. Constructed in the 2nd century A.D. by two wealthy citizens, it could seat 1,500 spectators. The members of the Senate were chosen from the aristocratic class and important decisions and city matters were discussed here. If you have time, you can walk into the Odeion and sit on the stone seats.
Written October 27, 2019
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Pratush
New Delhi, India225 contributions
Oct 2019
Do take a full tour of Ephesus and guides will bring you to this place as well and explain the whole history.
Written October 23, 2019
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Jean R
Namur, Belgium720 contributions
May 2019
The odeion is a beautiful place to visit during your tour in Ephesus. Take your time to walk it, reflecting how humans were doing the same stes as you more than 2000 years ago.
Written August 15, 2019
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oldtraveller63
Toronto, Canada185 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Imposing and mind blowing! Hopefully many more movies will be shot in this real antique. It's certainly in good condition to continue being used.
Written August 1, 2019
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,320 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The Odeon is one of the first ruins you see when you enter Ephesus. The theatre is impressive, with a capacity of 1500 people. The theater was built by the Romans in the second century.
Written July 9, 2019
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