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“Include the Terrace Houses when you visit Ephesus!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
Ranked #3 of 56 things to do in Selcuk
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Owner description: The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built in the 3rd century BC and was later updated by the Romans in the 1st century AD when it had a seating capacity of 25,000.
Arlington, Virginia
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“Include the Terrace Houses when you visit Ephesus!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

The ruins at Ephesus, near Selcuk, are an experience not to be missed for those interested in classical history. Two bits of advice: There is little to no natural shade at the site, and nowhere to buy water. So come prepared with sunscreen and a hat (an umbrella can really help to minimize the effect of the hot sun) and water. Make sure you buy optional tickets at the entrance for the "terrace houses" - classical villas in the process of excavation/conservation. For some reasons, many guides try to skip this, and our group of 12 agreed it was a highlight of the visit. (Yes, our guide tried to skip it, but we insisted.) You will see the excavation of 9 villas in progress, under the shelter of a tin roof. Many of the villas are in an excellent state, with original frescos and mosaic floors clearly visible. Like visiting Pompeii or Herculaneum. Tickets for entry are only available at the main gate, and it is a long walk back - so buy these tickets when you purchase your entry ticket at the main gate.

Visited June 2014
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“Japanese singing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

So impressive and you can wander all over the site (unlike Pompeii), Like the fact it's easy to get there without using the overpriced holiday company's excursions. The information boards are excellent and both times I've been there have been new things to see. Whilst there we were serenaded by a group of Japanese tourists which was just perffect.

Visited May 2014
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“Huge, impressive Roman theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Well-preserved and a great place to sit and contemplate Ephesus, as it is near the lower entrance/exit to the site. Roman engineering was amazing as demonstrated by this very large theater still in remarkable condition. Don't miss the photo op from the start of the trees that line the path as you leave the site.

Visited May 2014
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“Great Acoustics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

The Roman theaters were certainly designed with perfect acoustics. One female member of our tour group proved this by bursting into song and yes her voice carried loud and clear to those sitting in the stands. This theater like all the others is perfect in design and certainly worth a visit. It is the best preserved edifice on the Ephesus site.

Visited May 2014
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“a truly vast archaelogical site including this theatre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

a huge dig well worth a half day out, some truly amazing history and humbling in the scale of it all compared to other sites we seen but some how it didn't gel with us. amazing how you can scramble all over it like the rest of the world unlike precious britain where you are kept 1100 foot from stonehemge

Visited May 2014
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