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“Ephesus - Best Preserved Byzantine Period City”

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
Sarnia, Canada
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“Ephesus - Best Preserved Byzantine Period City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

As expected, it was crowded in Ephesus, the best preserved Byzantine Period city in Turkey. Can't blame the crowd from coming to this splendidly preserved Greek city to enjoy, imagine, and contemplate the sights of the ancient city. Strolling down the avenue (Curetes Street) towards the Library of Celsus, one can almost rub elbow to elbow with other tourists. The statue of Nike, the Goddess of Victory is a prime photo object (be sure to look at the Nike trademard derived from the statue), so are the various columns, statues, gates, temples, and the famous latrines (where slaves warmed up the seats for their masters). There is even a well preserved brothel entrance.The Library of Celsus at the end of the avenue is elegantly restored, providing a glimpse of how it was in the ancient days of this city. The ancient houses (separate fee) being excavated and restored have beautiful mosaic murals and panels. On the street (right of the Library) leading to the one of the largest stadium in Byzantine world, an acient sign pointing to the brothel is etched in the marble road. One has to see the stadium to imagine the immensity of the Greco-Roman structure. Wear good running or walking shoes, hat, and comfortable clothing. It can be really hot, warm, and humid.

Ephesus is one of the must see sights when one visits Turkey. It can be reached from Izmir, or from one of the various cruise ships berthed for the day at Kusadasi. Other nearby sights to see Ephesus other than the ancient ruins are the house of the Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John. You qon't be disappointed, especially if you have a little knowlege of the Byzantine period of the Greco-Roman empire.

Visited May 2014
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“Very hot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Very very hot, and got quite crowded, but you can't argue with history like this. Even the kids were impressed at some points. Mind out for the cats though.

Visited August 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

On a recent cruise to Egypt the ship was unable to dock at Alexandria so Cunard decided to re direct the ship to Kusadasi which is the port for Ephesus, we decided to travel independently to the site. As the trip was unexpected we weren't able to plan anything in advance, we just turned up and joined the throng of international visitors. We don't normally buy tourist publications but decided to do so this time. A wise move, the guide told us everything we needed to know about the venue which was extremely interesting. We can't wait to go back again, we would suggest more time though.

Visited November 2013
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“Still one of the best Roman sites in Turkey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Yes, there are crowds, but they don't detract too much from the visit. The site is beautiful - some of the buildings (e.g., the famous Library of Celsius) have been reconstructed enough to give an idea of how they looked like. I was particularly impressed by the roads, paved and flanked by buildings. A must see (and charged a small extra entry fee) is a luxury residential area ("isola") which is currently still being dug up and reconstructed.
The audio help the visit, but overall maps and sign are adequate. Still hiring a guide (expensive!) would let you learn more of what you see.

Visited August 2014
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“My favorite ancient ruins”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

The city of Ephesus are my favorite historic cities. There is just something about Ephesus that is special. The site itself is huge and so well preserved. I could go on about what you'll see but I think you should just visit and see for yourself. I would be shocked if you were disappointed.

I've visited twice now and on our first visit 10 years ago skipped the terraced houses. This time we paid the extra admission to see them and it was well worth it. You'll get a glimpse into the life of the 1% in ancient times. What is preserved in there is truly amazing. Don't skip this.

Having done it with the audio guide and with a private guide I would definitely recommend a private guide. It was so much more informative and so much easier to actually take stuff in when travelling with young kids. He scheduled and hour and a half and we took more than 3, we were just having such a good time.

Visited July 2014
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