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“The breadth of the excavation and the library are most impressive.”

Ancient City of Ephesus
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Small-Group Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I toured the ruins of Ephesus with a school tour group, and I was impressed with how much the students listened to our expert guide and enjoyed the tour. The size of the excavation is massive which I did not expect. The library was particularly impressive, and I have over 20 photos to prove it! If you are in Turkey, do NOT miss this amazing site!

Thank Kristen T
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Not sure why there are different parts of Ephesus reviewed as separate attractions, as there is only one other attraction inside the complex you need extra ticket for, that being the Terrace Houses. Anyway, it is a splendid and quite a large site with many amazing sites, the Library of Celsus being the most popular. There are some descriptions here and there and I would rather recommend buying a guide book you'll read afterwards.

Now some advice. Make sure you wear sensible shoes with good sole, as some parts of the walks are made from marble, which is very slippery. Water is expensive to buy on site, so make sure to take your own with you. Check out the opening times and the best time to go, both to beat the crowds and to avoid the strong sun, is early in the morning. Just take a taxi or a dolmus to the southern gate, which is actually the one on top of the cliff. From there it'll be a walk downstairs only, which is pretty convenient. I can't stress enough the importance of going early, as there are insane amount of groups past 10 a.m.. They are loud, they are everywhere and they'll spoil any chance of a pretty picture of ruins you'd get.

Thank Tinde_K
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Phenomenal archeological site. We arranged for a personal guide for our visit to the site. I would highly recommend that one do this in order to get the most out of your visit. A trained guide will be able to help explain what you are looking at and provide the proper historical context to help you interpret what you are seeing. As with many ancient ruins, there are many structures that have been used and re-used over time. In Ephesus, you will find that there have been four sites for the city that have existed through recorded history. Each of these sites has a complex history impacted by geology, politics, and religion. That history spans the ancient B.C period under the ancient Greeks, the influence of the Roman Empire, the influence of Christianity in the early millennium and the Byzantine period, culminating in the more recent arrival of the Turks and Islam. One can choose to focus on any period that interest them or take a more general approach and learn something about each period depending on your time.

Nearby, there are a variety of eateries and shops for those looking to also sample the culture of modern Turkey through the food, and local crafts such as carpet weaving and ceramics.

Thank Madison G
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Firstly- Dont go on a tour here go yourself- GET HERE EARLY- 0830 to beat the crowds

We went in the bottom gate and we were greeted by an English speaking guide called E.SEVIM KOCAKIZ whom offered to give us a private tour- We decided to go for it as the audio tour looked poop and she was very friendly and a retired english teacher.

My oh my are we glad we did, she was a font of knowledge and brought the place to life! It was the best money we spent on the holiday. We went round at our own pace, with out the crowds and we could ask many questions and she knew the answers.

The whole trip was magical, the place is a lost world and its just stunning. The tour lasted about two hours and we learnt so much which we will treasure forever.

I would recommended this trip to everyone, young and old as the beauty of this place just can not be described.

We took our guides business card her email is emine.sevimk@gmail.com I wouldnt recommend her if I felt she was not worth every penny. We paid 15TL for entry per person and we paid her 70TL

If you decide to go with the guide- Jules (the nurse) and Craig (the electrician) from England say hi.

1  Thank Jules6525
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This should be one of the ancient wonders of the world but there are lots of cruise-boat groups so I would strongly recommend a knowledgable local guide - you will see and learn more and do so more quickly - because there are other superb ancient wonders to see including the absolutely stellar Temple of Appollo and the "Coliseum/Hippodrome" near Magnasia - where virtually nobody visits and both of which allow you up close and unfettered access to walk right within the ruins. The Magnasia ruins are just commencing reconstitution and are stunning in their size and scale. The Temple of Appollo - these are a drive away - should be mandatory visits.

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