Ancient City of Ephesus, Selcuk

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Historic Site
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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  • One of the biggest metropol cities of the world in the ancient times. Now it is one of the pearls of Turkey. It deserves a half day to visit. The famous library, huge theater, terrace houses, Curetes....  more »
  • I had high expectations coming here, and I have to say, I wasn't disappointed... ancient city full of history, amazing ruins, it's easy to spend half a day here...moreover the weather was perfect...  more »
  • If you come to Turkey, it is just one of the places you should definitely go. You can buy a museum card and visit all the museums in Turkey for 30 Euros. Be sure to visit the ancient city of Ephesus, which has an important historical place and hosted an important state. Excavations continue inside.
  • Wonderful place. Here is some advice. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and at least 1 liter of water with you. Then, Park at the bottom entrance and take a horse carriage for 100 Lira to the top. They will take you through peach and fig fields. You can then go downhill as you see Ephesus. Before you go - download “Rick Steve’s Guide for Ephesus” in Apple podcasts for free and they will do a 45 min tour with you as you go. Don’t waste your money on the tour guides. Don’t buy food inside the ruins - they rip you off. And go to the bathroom before you enter - there are no bathrooms until you leave. Enjoy this amazing wonder!!!

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