Ancient City of Ephesus
Ancient City of Ephesus
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  • Musicians Mum
    492 contributions
    Arrive as early as possible to fully appreciate.
    Visited as part of a small roup tour.Arrived very early ,entering at the opposite (bottom) entrance to that which is used by the coach tours from the cruise ships. Only toilets INSIDE the perimeter of site are at this entrance. AMAZING site of Greco Roman port city. , Could observe archaeologists at work.One can see where there has been reconstruction to support some buildings . One could spend 4-5 hours there easily but once the cruise groups arrived en masse the narrow streets became quite claustrophobic and one wonders how much more so these would have been in 2nd/3rd centuray AD when these streets were full of merchants,citizens and vistors. The terrace houses cost 85 extra ,well worth it to see the mosaics and the construction ,which is so different from the vast villas usually associated with the era.
    Written October 30, 2022
  • Tommy599
    Two Rivers, Wisconsin822 contributions
    History HISTORY
    Our small boat stopped at the very enjoyable port town of Kusidasi (I would vacation here before Istanbul) and is where all the cruse ships also stop before a one hour bus trip to Ephesus When you enter the site 2,000 acres site from the top of the hill it is down hill all the way to the back exit, where our buss picked us up. We observed a large number of individuals back tracking all the way back to the top as they self drove to the site and parked there. The town was build on former runes boing b ack to 5,000 BC as a trading port. The city was located within a bay on the exit point of a river that emptied into the Adriatic. The city received earthquake damage and was abandoned, and the river slowly covering the town with silt, so what we see today is the dig that uncovered the ancient town. As the commercial center and capital city of Roman Asia Minor, Ephesus was once the fourth-largest city in the Roman Empire, boasting a population numbering more than 300,000. More modern structures of the Romans stand out with the library façade of Celsius as a most impressive structure, but the real jewel is the Agors (market) and amphitheater just beyond it. The Arcadian way once connected the theater area to the NOW SILTED IN BAY and is a very interesting feature that once tied the town together. FANTASTIC and still a beautiful city! rune Having a guide pointing out the towns features is a MUST! John the disciple preached here but he received quite a bit of negative feedback,
    Written December 31, 2022
  • Sal Schmidt
    Brazil4,288 contributions
    A piece of history not to be missed
    We finally made it to Ephesus, after three visits to Kusadasi over the years. The best time to visit is during shoulder season before the tourists arrive. Ephesus is an ancient city dating back to the 10th century BC in Turkey's Central Aegean region, about 15km from Kusadasi, where we are staying. Ensure you start exploring the site at the top, as you can casually walk down. Be warned; it's very slippery. There is a permanent first aid station at the bottom (and it was well attended on our visit). Our taxi dropped us at the top and then waited at the bottom for 500 Lira, plus a 10% tip, from Kusadasi, with the obvious gentle nudges to visit a local gift shop (which we politely declined). Paved streets of marble wind past squares, baths and monumental ruins. Its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean's main commercial centre – to the spread of Christianity. Make sure you pay the small extra charge to visit the excavated houses; the tile work and fresco paintings are simply stunning.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2022
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Newton Le Willows, UK3,374 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
It would take a good full day to see everything. The site is well preserved and you need a guide book or tour to understand what your seeing.
The theatres are breathtaking and a lot of the structures are architecturally stunning.
The site gets full during the middle of the day so go early or late, and I’m the middle of summer is will be very hot and there is nowhere to shelter.
If you are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written January 22, 2023
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vgp95
Covington, GA69 contributions
Aug 2022
This city was our big reason for going on our Viking cruise and we decided to hire a private guide from TransBalkan Tours so we could make the most of the limited time we had. Everything was amazing but I particularly was impressed by the Odeon, the restored apartments, the Library of Celsus, and the the massive amphitheatre. Our guide Denizhan Pekoz was extremely knowledgable about everything we saw and he made history come alive for us plus he knew how to schedule our day so we could avoid the worst of the crowds. We loved our stay in Ephesus; the only problem was we wish we could have stayed longer.
Written August 30, 2022
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Cameron C
Phoenix, AZ83 contributions
Oct 2022
I highly recommend that you take a private tour to truly appreciate this amazing ancient city. Choose whichever tour you want but I firmly believe the knowledge and minor details you learn all over this city is worth it.

There is so much to talk about within this site. First and foremost is that the entire city is covered in marble, and this includes the streets and sidewalks. With that being said if it is sunny out wear sunscreen and sunglasses, and make sure that you have shoes with good grip as the marble gets slick in some areas, especially coming down steps.

Now on to the site itself. You are greeted by what our group called the Ephesus Cats and Dogs. There is a group of very docile dogs laying around the entrance and they know that they part of the experience as they all rolled over for belly rubs. There are also cats everywhere you go throughout the city. You see them on old columns, pillars, walls, ceilings and anything else a cat could possibly fit on.
Then begins the view of everything the city has to offer from cisterns, to markets for the rich and poor alike, the bathhouses, the library with the pleasure house across the street (and the secret tunnels from one to the other), tributes built to lost lovers of Emperors and Empresses, and a tribute/warning to let the city know what happens to revolutionaries, an amphitheater that you can walk around in, an encrypted stone on the street that lets you know where the pleasure house is at, the first depiction of the Goddess Nike, and so very much more that I could reach my maximum word count if I tried to explain it all.

In a lot of my travels in the Mediterranean this was one of my most favorite sites we went to.
Written October 25, 2022
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George J
Boise, ID138 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We booked a private tour with Attila Kilinic at Marmara Tours (a Rick Steves guide book recommendation) the cost was VERY reasonable which included pick up, a driver and private guide.

Our guide Ceyda (Jayda) was amazing. She was excited to show us the site and tell us the fascinating history through facts and stories that allowed you to imagine what it may have been like back in the day! Not only was Ceyda the consummate professional she was personable and provided insight into current life in Turkey. Our time flew by and it was fun and interesting…. Even battling the heat - I would recommend going earlier in the day than later and to bring along water, and a hat. The marble streets were amazing but slick as well and uneven, good shoes are a must. This is definitely a bucket list destination and our guide from Marmara Tours made it a wonderful memory for a lifetime! Thanks to Attila and Ceyda!
Written June 30, 2022
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,219 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I had high expectations coming here, and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed... ancient city full of history, amazing ruins, it's easy to spend half a day here...moreover the weather was perfect (late october) and no crowds...the entrance fee is a reasonable 120 TL (more if you need the audio guide included)
Written October 27, 2021
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta516 contributions
Jun 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our guided visit to Ephesus and found it in some ways comparable to the Forum in Rome. Interesting history and insight into life at the time, can get hot and crowded so go early in the day or better yet visit in the off season. Strange to see so many feral cats and dogs wandering around. Lots of the cobblestone is marble so wear good footwear as it can be slippery. Our favorite spots were the two theater's which are well preserved and beautiful. Great visit, very cool place.
Written June 22, 2022
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EH4family
Scotland, UK8 contributions
Oct 2022
We visited Ephesus as part of a day tour booked by our Jet2 holiday rep and we all agreed it was the best day of our holiday. I'm not sure which tour company our tour guide Ty works for but he was excellent, knowledgeable and entertaining.

This place would be fascinating without a tour guide but Ty's stories and historical information made it a very enjoyable experience.
Written October 23, 2022
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Meryem K.
Antalya, Türkiye13 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Went there in December when the weather was cold, but walking around the ancient city of Ephesus and seeing so much beautiful history warmed me up. Also noticed scattered around the city there’s cats, which I started at one point to call the gatekeepers of Ephesus. That was a cute plus.

I believe this is one of those ancient cities which everyone at least once in their life should visit, either with family, your parnter, or alone!
Written October 4, 2022
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Sam W
Fort Worth, TX425 contributions
Sep 2022
The entire city was incredible to explore. But the best part for me was standing on the platform where Paul stood in the stadium and preached the Gospel to the Ephesians.. And to go up into the stands and see the view that the audience saw gave it a whole different perspective. I was even cool to see ancient graffiti on the seats.

And then we toured the city and saw the ancient shops where food and goods were sold on the streets. We walked through ancient houses of the rich and poor alike and heard fascinating stories of how the city started and functioned.
Written November 10, 2022
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Ilovetheatre
Birmingham, UK311 contributions
Mar 2022
These ruins were wonderful, the best in Turkey! We visited on our own and had an audio guide which was good but infact there are information boards everywhere which give same details. A lot of people choose to take a taxi to the top of the ruins and just walk downhill but if you're reasonably fit it's good to walk up and down again as we did. We spent a good 4-5 hours here, there is so much to explore. The main draw of course is the superb Library of Celcus but Don't Miss the 'Terraced Houses' (a small extra charge but worth every penny), which have very good preserved mosaics etc.
Take your time, don't plan anything else on this day so you won't have to rush.
Written May 12, 2022
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