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“Perfect Place for Time-travel Back to the Grandeur of Rome”

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Perfect Place for Time-travel Back to the Grandeur of Rome”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

It is one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. Second biggest city after Rome. There are two entrance gates about a mile apart. Upper and lower. I recommend you take the upper and walk down. You can rent an audio guide or hire a private guide at the gate. This walking adventure will take you 2 -4 hours to complete. WC and snacks stands at each entrance. Bring comfortable walking shoes. I did not. Sandals was a mistake. The uneven cobblestones and decline, sometimes steep of the walkway made it difficult to stroll. In fact, a friend of mine who wore sneakers, fell. Avoid going if it rains. The cobblestones will be slippery. There is very little shade. The hot sun reflects off the marble and makes it very uncomfortable. Wear sunscreen, bring a walking umbrella, hat, and finally bring plenty of water. Do not drink the Turkish tap water. Happy travels!

Visited June 2014
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“Neat place even the second time around”
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit and it did not disappoint. There had been more excavation since my first visit 10 years ago. Don't expect Pompeii but do expect rich history and fairy well preserved ruins.

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“What amazing history”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

One of the most visited attractions in Turkey so it doesn't need to be sold. Make sure you read up on the history before you visit. The signage is great so there is no need to buy a book or take a guide..... Although these will help if you do not know the history. Take your time and plenty of water

Visited June 2014
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Take your time to fully enjoy this historical site and don't forget your good walking shoes, sun cream and good walking shoes.

Well worth a visit

Visited June 2014
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“A living ruin”
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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