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“A living ruin”

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
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“A living ruin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Unlike many other ancient sites, you really feel what life might have been like in Ephesus - with streets, public baths, shops, library, theater and homes. You can check on the web when boats are in dock in nearby Kusadasi - and try and pick a day when there are fewer or ideally no ships in dock, which will limit the crowds. We visited on a day when there were no cruise excursions and the crowds really thinned out by the afternoon, although of course it is hot. From the parking lot, I would recommend avoiding the offers of a free ride in a carriage to the top of the site (with various extra stops along the way) and just take a waiting taxi to the top to start your visit. An absolute must is the visit to the Terrace Houses, although that carries an extra charge. This really makes the site come alive - with 6 dwelling units being actively excavated by archeologists as you watch. There are amazing mosaic floors and wall decoration, each unique from the other. Allow about 3 to 4 hours for the visit. Bathrooms and refreshments are only available at the top or bottom of the site - mostly outside the gates. Bring water in with you.

Visited July 2014
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“Ephesus is the place to be!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Ephesus is the largest excavated ancient site of Turkey (Türkiye) and every year amazes millions of visitor.
If you would like to experience Greek, Roman and Byzantine times; I highly recommend you to visit Ephesus.

Thank Murat F
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Silkeborg, Denmark
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“Amazing! Always worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

A must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area, especially for those with an intrest for ancient ruins from the roman era.
Very well preserved buildings, especially the Library of Celsus was fantastic.

Audio guide was okay, but a live guide is recommended. Nice information signs at the important buildings.
A lot of shops around the area.
You can get there by local bus from Kushadasi.

Very warm! Bring lots of water and put on your hats!
Expect no less than 1 hour and up to 4 hours for those really into it.

Visited June 2014
Thank Søren M
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Buzau, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Fascinating place! Don't miss the opportunity to visit it! You will be amazed at the fantastic sight of this ancient masterpiece of civilization.

Visited May 2014
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“The terrace houses are a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

I first visited this fantastic site in 1971 when very little had been excavated compared to the site today. I have returned many times since then and have seen the site transformed. Certain buildings stand out such as the theatre, library and the excavations around the agora. However, the excavations of the terrace houses are incredible. There is an extra charge but it is more than worth it. I had always associated terrace houses with the poor but these were luxury dwellings for high status families. It is also a work in progress which adds to the interest.

Visited November 2013
Thank Keith H
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