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Address: Selcuk, Turkey
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This monumental gate, a two-storey building with six columns on each floor,...

This monumental gate, a two-storey building with six columns on each floor, was constructed towards the end of the 4th century. Today, the arch and most of the building are missing. It is also known by the name Victory Arch of Hercules.

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Strength!!

touch these monuments and feel the super strength of Hercules...okay, no really . but still fun to do/ nice attraction/ruin to check out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

when you are coming from upper part of ephesus.you reach to two columns which people believe hercule negotiated between these two columns for entry to ephesus but i think is a joke and at now here is same as a narrow channel and visitors accumulation behind of these columns.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

touch these monuments and feel the super strength of Hercules...okay, no really . but still fun to do/ nice attraction/ruin to check out.

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Port of Spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

If you want to feel strong like Hercules, touch it...lol But might have to wait in line to get a good picture.

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Cinnaminson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

These two columns were not original to Ephesus, but were brought here in 400 AD, however the relief of Hercules is from the 2nd Century. The two columns are all that remain and as you can see in the pictures, they restricted traffic to the upper part of the street to pedestrians only. The faces of Hercules look towards the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

It's hard to have grown up watching Steve Reeves, as Hercules, wrestling a lion and not react to this second century arch moved to Ephesus in 400ad. The obvious picture op is to pose pushing on both columns as though to make the portal tumble. Well it's a myth what do you expect?

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

This is a stop along the way while touring Ephesus, and one of the stories your guide your should be telling you about. Stop and place one hand on the left stone and other not he right, and act like your pushing the stones out. A novelty to take with you.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

We walked from the top portion of Ephesus (downhill), so when we reach Heracles Gates which also means Hercules Gates, it was the entrance to Curetes Way which lead downhill towards two of the main attractions of Ephesus - Temple of Hadrian and Celsus Library. There are columns made the passageway narrow which will cause a small "traffic jam" during... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Heracles Gate located towards the end of the Curetes Street, it was called the Hercules gate because of the relief of Hercules on it. It was brought from another place in the fourth century AD to its current place, but the relief on it dates back to the second century AD.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

There are so many ruins, yet Hercules (Heracles) is a name we all recognize and this is the gate bearing his likeness. Worth a walk to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Located towards the end of the Curetes Street, it was called the Hercules gate because of the relief of Hercules on it. It was brought from another place in the fourth century AD to its current place, but the relief on it dates back to the second century AD. Only the two side of the columns remain today and the... More 

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