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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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Really interesting

This place is amazing and certainly a must do if you are within a few hours of here. I would highly recommend a tour since there is a lot of amazing history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is amazing and certainly a must do if you are within a few hours of here. I would highly recommend a tour since there is a lot of amazing history.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Legend has it that if you can pass through this gate and touch both sides then you will have good fortune. Not much of a challenge, I am 6 feet tall and could do it with ease. My fiancée who is only 5 feet 4 had little trouble either!

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cool sight, it originally had a statue of Nike on the top, but that has been taken down and placed close to the gate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

According to local legend, if you want to gain the strength of Hercules you need to embrace one of the columns! Yes, I hugged the column and snapped a photo. Unfortunately, I did not have the strength of Hercules afterwards, but I had a fantastic time!

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Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 July 19, 2016

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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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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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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