"THE WONDER OF EPHESUS" Top 5 Page for this destination Ephesus by whitecliff62

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After years of traveling to parts of Turkey, i finally got the chance to visit Ephesus, and i must say it was worth the wait. Ephesus is not what i really expected at all, i thought it would be like any other old site with piles of old rubble everywhere and everything looking the same. But i was so wrong, its so well preserved and intact, that when you walk down one of the beautiful Roman roads, you can almost imagine what it was like to have lived there all those centuries ago. Archeologists have been excavating Ephesus since 1863 (The first was John Turtle) and they have only just scratched the surface, in fact only 20% of Ephesus has ever been excavated. This is a huge site, so be prepared to do some very hard walking, we had a guided tour and without seeing a lot of what Ephesus had to offer but it still took 4 hours to get round it, and with the hot Turkish sun on your back it got very tiring towards the end. So having eventually seen Ephesus, i would surly reccommend any visitor to Turkey to not miss out on such a beautiful place as this. I hope you enjoy my pages


This is the upper agora leading down to the library of celsus, and the fantastic view of the landscape to the sea in the distance

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Its so well preserved, its like going back in time
  • Cons:It gets extremely hot in Ephesus, and theres nowhere to shade from the sun
  • In a nutshell:Worth every penny
  • Last visit to Ephesus: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • windoweb's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:54 AM

    Hope to see this soon. We will be on our Mediterranean Cruise and this is one of our stops.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2009 at 7:35 AM

    No idea on AQUADUCT NEAR EPHESUS either yet great shots of it you did! Maria

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    I believe that it's actually the Austrians that are doing the restoration and own the site. Thanks for sharing. Cheers,

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    suggest to change your sun glasses because I2ve been there too and of course there are toilets and sorry for your trouser and change also your temperature because by 140C you might have been grilled

  • Jul 13, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Roman bench toilets were used in the squatting position. See this link naturesplatform.com/health_b...

  • soundchaseruk's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Excellent news !! Not only is it a very unsociable habit but butt ends litter our world, so it is good news

  • iamcan's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Your posts have brought Ephesus closer. Great job!!! Thanks

  • Spincat's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 1:13 AM

    Yes, you wll ove Istanbul! Am hoping to visit Ephesus and loved your tips. Really fascinating and funny too.

  • Agraichen's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2006 at 9:31 PM

    So did you review the graphic in the walk which pointed to a certain profession that had a tunnel to the library?

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2006 at 4:25 AM

    Fascinating stuff, Cliffie. I hadn't realised the site was so large! Glad to read that the library has been earthquake-proofed at last.



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