Public Latrine, Selcuk

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Built around the 1st century CE, Public Latrine featured upscale facilities, including three marble benches with seats and mosaic floors, where wealthy citizens could visit when nature called. Considered modern for the period, the site used advanced plumbing systems and provided a small pool as well. As toilet paper was not available then, users of the latrine would clean themselves with a moist sponge on a stick. Today you can see the well-preserved remains of this restroom and its 36 toilets, all positioned one next to another in perfect linear fashion. By using our Selcuk route planner , you can arrange your visit to Public Latrine and other attractions in Selcuk.
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  • Apparently they "flushed" it using a constant stream of water that ran in a trench under the seats. No partitions, not very private!  more »
  • There are two interesting facts i discovered. first that these toilets were places where people would socialise and gossip. And second that it was common practise for the master to send his servent to...  more »
  • Is a public toilet, but high-status men-only toilets. Marble is original and most has been repaired. I sat for the cool marble, the slaves at the time of the Royal family. So that side by side with this orientation, were also meeting in the toilet? While thinking around. Neatly lined with Western-style toilets are impressive.
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Where to stay in Selcuk

Though its close proximity to Ephesus puts the small town of Selçuk on the map, you'll find just a handful of guesthouses in the immediate area. Many are small and family operated--and budget-friendly--and some offer free shuttles to nearby Roman ruins. For more upscale options, explore the hotels a few miles east of Selçuk in the hillside town of Sirince. For luxury accommodations, you'll have to venture farther west to the coast for four- and five-star seaside resorts.
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