some general tips about Ephesus
Favorite thing: some general tips about Ephesus:
1.there are 2 gates, the Upper Gate and the Lower Gate, all tour buses start from the Upper Gate. Taxis can take you to any of them while dolmus (mini bus) will drop you at the Lower Gate
2.although you can easily walk from Selcuk in about 35’ save some energy for the walking inside the site. The dolmus ride costs only 3TL which is a bit more than a euro (2014 price)
3.start early to avoid the heat, walking around in the heat and with almost none points of shade will kill you, bring a hat, sun screen and a bottle of water. The distance between the two gates is about 3km, it took me about 80’ to cover most attraction in between, on my way back to catch the dolmus I did in 20’. Add some extra time for Terrace Houses.
4.start early, especially on a day that a cruise calls at Kusadasi! Most tour buses arrive at 9.00am but the gates open at 8.00am, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the place. I started at 8.00am from the Lower Gate and there was no one else around. Of course when I reached the Upper Gate the tours were already inside but I didn’t care :) Just for the record 1,500,00 people visit the site annually!
5.the entrance fee is 30TL but worth to give the extra 15TL for Terrace Houses, most people skip this but they miss one of the highlights
6.The site is open daily 8.00am to 19.30. from November to march 8-17.30
7.there are stores near the gates where you can purchase souvenirs and such, most of them were just opening at 7.50am (pic 5). There’s also a museum store (pic 2) when you get inside the Upper Gate. There are also café/restaurants on both ends and hopefully Toilets on both ends too so use them because there are no alternatives inside :)
8.if you’re not with a guide read something in advance or bring a guide book. There are also nice Info Boards in front of most attractions with text in Turkish, English and German. You can also rent an audio guide for extra details and information. It costs 20TL in many available languages:Turkish, English, german, Italian, French, Spanish, portuguese etc You have to leave your ID if you return to the same gate or 50TL deposit to leave it on the other side. We didn’t take one because a friend that used it the previous years told us it was boring with no special information and without some kind of humor a real guide will add.
9.respect the site, don’t litter and of course don’t damage anything, some of these old marbles are 2000 years old. I was surprised to see people lent against a statue!
10.if you plan to overnight you can choose between the near by Selcuk (it turned out great base for us), Sirince (8km from Selcuk but very boring in the evening) or the port of Kusadasi.
Statue of a warrior
Favorite thing: This statue was discovered ner the Fountain of Pollio in front of the Temple of Domitian. The Warrior had held a sword and shield in his left hand, not sure what was held in the right hand though. Although the statue has been largely broken, it has a lively expression on its face and a slim body.
Ephesus Ancient City and Museum
Favorite thing: Ephesus Ancient City:
Location: 3 km from Selcuc.
Open hours 8.30-18.30, in winter 8.30-17.30.
Admission fee 20 TRY ($15).
Ephesus Museum, Efes Müzesi
Location; Selcuc - On the edge of the park near the intersection of Atatürk Cad., opposite the Tourist Information office.
Open hours; Tues-Sun 8:30-18.00.
Admission fee 5 TRY ($4).Related to:
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Short visit to Ephesus
Favorite thing: hello there ,
well if you like to keep your tour short and only see the main attractions , you need to skip Virgin Mary House and St.John Basilica.These are not located in Ephesus ancient site.Main attractions are (in order ) Hadrian Temple , Terrace Houses, Celsus Library and the Great theatre.If you follow the route you will finish it of approx. in 2 hrs !
enjoy Ephesus :)
Favorite thing: The theatre
Fondest memory: I had a chance of testing something amazing in the theatre in ephesus. ITs the acoustic design of the place. If a person standing in the performance area in the center ,just whispers something its audible to a perosn sitting on the top steps. No loudspeakers required ;-) of course i visited in december an there was hardly any crowd .Related to:
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Being the most important trade center of Ephesus, Agora was built in the third century B.C in the Hellenistic Period, but the ruins date from the reign of Caracalla (211-217 C.E)
It is in the form of a square, each side 110 meters, and surrounded completely by columns. The Agora has 3 gates, one from the front of the theatre on the northeast, the other one opening to the harbor on the west and the third one from the Celsius Library. The north side of the Agora is left open, and the other three sides are surrounded by a portico, in which there are rows of shops. At the center of the Agora was a sundial and a water-clock.Related to:
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Favorite thing: The ruins behind the Hadrian Temple are the largest baths found in Ephesus, the baths of Scholastica. The construction of the baths dates to the first century, but in the fourth century, a wealthy woman in Ephesus called Scholastica restored the structure and gave her name to the baths.
The original structure was thought to have been three-storied but by the time the upper two stories collapsed. The baths have two entrances, one from the Curetes Street, which is the main entrance, and the other from the side street. Entering from the main gate, the baths make a circle inside; so that one could first go to the dressing room (apodyterium), cold room (frigidarium), warm room (tepidarium), and hot room (caldarium) and could reach the entrance again.
Caldarium's floor is made of marble, built over brick supports, and under it flowed hot water. Today, one can see the clay pipes that carried hot air through the baths. The baths could house a thousand customers, and contained a library and entertainment rooms.
Fondest memory: The statue of Scholastica stands in the dressing room.
Temple of Hadrian
Favorite thing: It is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures on Curetes Street. It was built before 138 A.D by P.Quintilius and was dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian, who came to visit the city from Athens in 128 A.D The facade of the temple has four Corinthian columns supporting a curved arch, in the middle of which contains a relief of Tyche, goddess of victory. The side columns are square. The pedestal with inscriptions in front of the temple, are the bases for the statues of the emperors between 293-305 CE, Diocletian, Maximian, Constantius I, and Galerius; the originals of the statues have not been found yet.
Inside the temple above the door, a human figure, probably Medusa stands with ornaments of acanthus leaves. On both sides there are friezes depicting the story of the foundation of Ephesus - Androklos shooting a boar, Dionysus in ceremonial procession and the Amazons. The fourth frieze portrays two male figures, one of which is Apollo; Athena, goddess of the moon; a female figure, Androkles, Herakles, the wife and son of Theodosius and the goddess Athena. The friezes that are seen today are copies, and the originals are displayed in Ephesus Museum.
Fondest memory: Human figure of Medusa
Favorite thing: It is the road starting form the great theatre to the Celsus Library, which is the portion of the sacred way that leads past Panayirdagi to the Temple of Artemis. The construction of the marble road dates to the 1st century A.D, and it was rebuilt in the 5th century. The western side of the road is enclosed by the agora wall, and on the wall is a higher platform, which was constructed during the reign of Nero. It was built over the wall, for pedestrians.
On the marble road, there are some drawings believed to be an advertisement of the Brothel. This advertisement is known as the first advertisement in history. There is a footprint on the advertisement, one finger showing the library, and other showing the brothel. The known explanation of this sign is that the footprint shows that one should turn at that point; the woman's head symbolizes the women waiting in the Brothel and the heart shows that the women are eager for love. The busts and statues of the important people were erected along the road, and the letters from emperors were carved into the marble blocks to let people read.
Fondest memory: On Marble Street, a footprint was carved to show the way to the Brothel. This footprint and the sign near the middle oh the street towards the Great Theatre, direct the way to the brothel.
THE HISTORY OF EPHESUS
Favorite thing: If you would like to know more about this special place, or you are interested to find out about the history of Ephesus before you visit, then log on to this site below
- Historical Travel
choose your entry gate:from the top or the bottom?
Favorite thing: UP:you visit the whole site going down... with a lot of noisy groups
DOWN:you cross the city as a tourist of the ancient times just disembarking at the harbour!
Fondest memory: ephesus unique spell!
when desembarking,you take arcadiana street between harbour (nowadays sanded up) and city center (amphitheater)Related to:
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Now, Head to Selcuk
Favorite thing: Now that you have toured Ephesus, head to Selcuk and visit the town. Don't forget to stop by the Ephesus Muzesi! For more information visit my Selcuk page.
Get a shoe - shine !!
Favorite thing: Get a shoe-shine, it is big fun for the tourists and sometimes the only way to make money in a legal way for these children.
Lets hope they attend school anyway...
This is another pic taken out of a Super-8 film from 1978 , that I recently foundRelated to:
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Favorite thing: You can't expect the buldings to last forever, especially with the harsh nature and the wars. Ephesus was hardly hit by floods and earthquakes, but still it shows some beautiful remains of the buildings, I should say pretty standing up from some other ancient ruins.
Archaeology and history
Favorite thing: Among the most famous cities of the ancient world, Ephesus was one of the biggest during the Roman era. A treasury of all the riches of Ionian culture, Ephesus had a reputation for philosophy and critical thinking. The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as countless statues, theatres, libraries, markets and smaller temples were all architectural symbols of the city's fame. Further to the south is the ancient city of Priene, built according to a geometric plan designed by the great architect of Milet, Hippodamos. Milet was a great centre of commerce and thought in the ancient world, and was the venue of many significant developments, scientific and intellectual. The nearby Didim, though not one of the ancient cities, is still famous for its magnificent temple dedicated to Apollo.
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