Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk

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See the ruins of the Greek Ancient City of Ephesus, home to the famous Temple of Artemis, named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This city was built in the 10th century BCE by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists and came under Roman rule in 129 BCE, when it flourished as one of the largest cities in the Empire. Explore this ancient archeological site entirely on foot, marvel at the spectacular facade of its library, and enjoy the proximity to other tourist attractions. Put Ancient City of Ephesus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Selcuk trip planner.
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  • We booked our day trip as a full day including virgin Mary's house and dinner. Are guild was very interesting and had alot of knowledge about the history. We very much enjoyed and learned alot. 
    We booked our day trip as a full day including virgin Mary's house and dinner. Are guild was very interesting and had alot of knowledge about the history. We very much enjoyed and learned alot.  more »
  • We came from a very beautiful historical back England and I'm glad we came. we liked it a lot. I definitely recommend you to come. 
    We came from a very beautiful historical back England and I'm glad we came. we liked it a lot. I definitely recommend you to come.  more »
  • A very valuable experience. suggest you go with small group and translator. It will take several hours to walk around, good walking shoes and hat essential. Can be very hot, not a lot of shade, and.....  more
    A very valuable experience. suggest you go with small group and translator. It will take several hours to walk around, good walking shoes and hat essential. Can be very hot, not a lot of shade, and.....  more »
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  • Ephesus is one of the best preserved (and also partially rebuilt) ancient sites in Turkey and a definite must-visit. A vast area which can be explored in its entirety in about 3 hours, but choosing a day that is not so hot is important, as temperatures can easily reach 40 °C. It is absolutely stunning experiencing the massive amphitheater as well as the remains of the library in person, or walking along the path which once led to the port of Ephesus. Although we went there on the weekend, the wait time for buying tickets was fairly short. Would 100% recommend visiting, even multiple times as excavations are still going on.
  • I lived local to Ephesus for 17 years many years ago and would visit on my days off work. This latest visit was a holiday after a 23 year gap. It was pleasantly familiar with more re construction and the amazing museum. My happiest memory was the Dianna Ross concert back in the 90's which I went to twice.
  • Amazing place to visit, takes you back in time, audio devices with many languages. so much to take in. Its a must visit. Taking the horse and carriage to enter was an amazing experience. Tip, take 2 liters of water per visit, light clothing, a sun hat is essential. This place is. very open and looks unspoiled, it left me wanting to see it all over again.
  • Probably the best archaeological site in Turkey. Incredible history surrounding it. Make sure to read a little before you visit or to have a good knowledgeable guide with you to appreciate it. We have been here 4-5 times and in every visit we find something we had missed in the previous visit. Your need to spend a full day or two to appreciate the whole site.
  • The best and well preserved old town I've ever been to. I recommend using a horse-drawn carriage (15 minutes, 200 Turkish lira) to take you to the upper entrance, and then descend through the city to the other entrance / exit. There is also a covered part of the city, which is viewed for an additional fee, but there are great murals.

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