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“Thoroughly enjoyed our return visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Private Half Day Tour of Ephesus
Ranked #1 of 56 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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“Thoroughly enjoyed our return visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

It was 20 years since our previous visit & before the invention of the digital camera so I made good use of it this time; about 170 times, actually!
We arrived fairly early in the morning but it was already busy with other tour groups & those from cruise ships. It’s so large that it’s still possible to hang back, wait & then view the subject of interest though.
It’s an amazing city & a wonderful ‘window on the past’. We never tire of visiting ancient ruins, whatever the country, or re-visiting, as with Ephesus. There is so much to see that it’s a good idea to read up beforehand or buy a good guide book out there.
It gets very hot, so carry water, maybe a hat or parasol. It’s hard to find shade consistently under a tree, or by the ruins, & usually others are trying to enjoy its benefit too. It’s thought that only about 15% has been excavated. Originally a Greek city, it was later a major Roman city &, for many years, was the 2nd largest of the Roman Empire; the 1st being Rome itself. In the 1st century BC its population was around 250,000, which meant it was also the 2nd largest city in the world.
There are numerous cats & kittens; some are a bit pitiful, but tourists & guides feed them.
The terrace houses are a new (chargeable) attraction since our last visit, as is the Virgin Mary’s house, nearby; we recommend visiting both.

Visited November 2012
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“Amazing site, beautiful ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

These are spectacular ruins, spread over a large area. As others have noted, there are huge tour groups, and the place gets very crowded, so it is recommended to go first thing in the morning or late in the day. We opted to go around 4PM, and spent almost 3 hours wandering from one end to the other and back. (We were happy to walk it both ways, although we got many offers to pick us up in a shuttle at the other end, to take us back to our car, for a fee of course). As others have said, you should make sure to have sunscreen, water, a hat and comfortable walking shoes for this visit. This was not our first visit to Ephesus (third, in fact, in about 20 years), but we enjoyed it (again), and really enjoyed the (newly excavated since our last visit years ago) Terrace Houses (for an extra charge/ticket) which were very interesting, large, and with lots of gorgeous mosaics and painted walls – amazing how much paint remains, after so many years).

Visited September 2013
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“One of the must see sights of Roman History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

This place is packed with tourists, looking to see the ruins of ancient rome. There are still a large number of structure that remains from its prime and for 25 Lira, this is a must-see in Turkey. Key sights include the Library of Celsius and the theatre. In fact, i personally think the theatre here was more grand then the one at Aspendos (which is supposedly the best preserved in the world).

I was unfortunate, not being able to visit the museum at selcuk before coming here. The museum is currently under renovation till the following year, hence it would be best to either hire a guide or get an audio guide. There are two entrance to this area and it hardly matters which entrance u start from. There are also no place to purchase drinks within the compounds, so it is best to come prepared with your cameras & lots of water! Be prepared to be mesmerise by this beautiful grounds. Also, there are scheduled mini-plays with warriors and other roman figures held around this ground once in a while. Although nothing too fanciful, it does help you to better visualise how the people live their daily lives nearly 2 thousand years ago.

Visited August 2013
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“Simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Words cannot described the wonder that is the city of Ephesus. It is an absolute must when visiting this area of Turkey. We booked our tour with Bodrum Tours, and while the bus journey seemed long and punctuated with a lot of unnecessary stops and hanging about, the guides completely brought the ancient city to life. The library has to be seen to be believed. If you have even the smallest interest in the ancient world then this should be on your bucket list.

Visited October 2013
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“Massive ruins,amazing terrace houses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

You need to go early,before 10a.m.However it is still very crowded.Don't waste money and hire the earphones -there are signboards English explaining everything and enough tourguides whom you can overhear.You need at least 3 hours minimum to see it.
Terrace houses are a must see -separate fee (15lira)
The entrance fee is quite steep -25lira for the site itself and 15 for terrace houses -they should reduce it or incorporate the terrace houses into the main fee -it is inside Ephesus anyway.
On the whole it is a good Roman Ruin to visit.

Visited September 2013
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