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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour
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An engraved foot in stone points the way to this peristyle house that was used as a brothel. It is thought that a passageway once existed from the library next door, allowing patrons a secret entrance to the bordello.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The same thing that drives up today is the same as 2000 yrs ago. A little unexpected though on a tour but this is real life and its a wonder how well it is preserved.

Thank Thomas H
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

There was a brothel in Ephesus apparently, like there was in Pompeii. However, the sign that people are referring to as the 'advertising sign in the pavement' is just a very small carving in a stone on the pathway within Ephesus - it isn't even...More

Thank Belgo96
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Reviewed August 13, 2017

Above each doorway is a fresco painting depicting what "service" the woman inside was offering. Wow, amazing.

Thank JohnandJaneS
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

Opposite the library is the Brothel or the Love House. Husbands used to tell their wives that they want to go the library, and then they turn there. It was official, and only a marble stone shows the direction to there.

Thank Abu_Firas_11
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Reviewed July 30, 2017

interesting to see that the customers at this brothel could select their desired "entertainment" from pictures drawn on the walls. This might have been the very first Graphical User Interface!!!

Thank illini33
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Reviewed July 26, 2017

just a stone visit here during visit ephesus. 1 minute is Enough no more Not amazing thing to rank in T.A

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Like the "Latrine" this is just another part of Ephesus, and really doesn't need a separate entry on Trip Advisor. It's interesting historically since it's near the main entry of the harbor and advertises to visitors where they can find the "houses of pleasure"

Thank moviegeekjn
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Reviewed February 15, 2017

It is a tour stop to show the sign and to tell the story this points to a brothel. That is about it. It could be mythology, but the subject is appealing for tourists.

Thank MAJ_Dave44
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Reviewed November 17, 2016

You can see the foot carved into the stone beside some carving of a woman wearing jewelry. The guide explained this was the ancient brothel but I couldn't say I seen how this was advertising for that. Part of the tour of Ancient Ephesus. It's...More

Thank Murray D
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

You would not normally associate a brothel with the Bible, but in the Ancient City of Ephesus is the location of the ruins of a brothel. The ruins are part of the Ancient City ruins so it is not a separate location you have to...More

Thank Dan F
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