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“Best Ancient Site”

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Full-Day Ephesus Tour from Izmir
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Perth, Australia
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“Best Ancient Site”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

So much to see and learn about. Make sure you pay the extra to visit the Terrace Houses as well worth the extra. A guide will help to explain the structures etc but make sure you have time to wander if you are really interested in Ancient Sites otherwise you could be rushed through like the tourists from the ships docked nearby in Kusadasi.
Dean K Perth

Visited September 2013
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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Ephesus exceeded my expectations. our guide was very knowledgeable and I would not have done it without. the terrace houses are a must see.
I heard some people complaining about the crowds. well, it was crowded. what do you expect?
you don't go to turkey without going to Ephesus. you simply adjust your frame of mind. just like when you go to Disneyworld, it will be crowded. but is it worth it? you bet!

Visited October 2013
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Jensen Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“You cannot help but go into a time warp”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Make sure you have a guide as there is so much to see at this most historical place. It is truly a blessing to see at least once in a lifetime.

Visited October 2013
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lots of people as it was when built!”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

An amazing experience, so much excavation has already been done, when this place was built it would have been the centre of everything and therefore full of people, just wearing different clothes and attending to their own business, the buildings have been re-erected with the best knowledge available over the years but it is certainly impressive and well worth a half day visit. We were lucky with the weather and the crowds were well behaved. Having visited other ancient sites I was surprised that the roads were not indented by the passage of movements, perhaps the original slabs were not up to Health and Safety standards.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Situated only 18 miles from the port city of Kusadasi, the ruined city of Ephesus once flourished as the most prominent city in Roman Empire after Rome. Retreat of the Mediterranean sea and a series of earthquakes left this city destroyed and buried for many centuries. After over a hundred years excavations, over 75 percent of this great Roman metropolis remains to be excavated. However, the main town centre has been excavated and it presents a mile long open air museum. The star attraction is of course the Celsius or Celsus library with its magnificent double story facade, intricately carved decorations and Corinthian columns. Other major attractions are Hadrian's temple, a massive hillside theater, remains of Trajan's fountain, marble toilets and an additional exhibition within the complex of houses of the Ephesians and they way the decorated them. If your timing is lucky then you may even get a free show at the end of the tour where a troupe of actors put on a display of Ephesian life and a fight between the gladiators.

Visited October 2013
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