Ephesus Warnings and Dangers

  • The crowds start to arrive
    The crowds start to arrive
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  • Just got him in the photo!
    Just got him in the photo!
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    Do not linger on the road by the Turkish army base

    by windoweb Updated May 4, 2010

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    Me in the halls of Asclepion

    The road to the Asclepion passes through a large Turkish army base. Do not linger on the road, or take photos, and be off the road by dusk.

    The Asclepion (Asklepieion) of Pergamum was perhaps the world's most famous ancient medical center

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    PESKY Tour Guides!!!

    by balhannah Written Jul 12, 2009

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    Just got him in the photo!

    On my visit to Ephesus, a Tour guide with a large group of Tourists had just started their tour. HE WAS SO RUDE!!!!!!!! He walked infront of myself and others when we were taking photos, and could have easily waited a second, there was no need for him to do this! He also placed himself and his group right infront of the points of interest. He actually lent against a Statue, and by this time I had had enough, so asked politely if he could move so I could take a photo. He obliged, and another woman next to me said to her husband, quick, while he isn't there! so he was annoying to others as well. At the start I was waiting for his speech to finish and then for him to move on, but this was taking quite a while.

    HOW TO BEAT THIS. I walked ahead of his group to The Library, had a look around and got photos with hardly anybody there. I then walked back to where he was, by this time, the group were moving to the Library, so I got a good look and photos without a hoard of people in them.

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    Heat, sun, and thirst

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 9, 2008

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    The ruins of Ephesus are about 2 km long and generally take about 1-3 hours to tour depending upon how quickly you rush through and whether or not you tour the terrace houses (extra fee). Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and use sunscreen, as there is very little shade in certain areas of the ruins.

    Also, there are no concession stands inside the ruins after you enter the gates. BRING WATER! You will want it after an hour or so of walking in the heat.

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    People trying to sell you 'coins'

    by Snipernurse Written Jun 6, 2008

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    If you are approached by anyone saying they have 'real' coins from the Roman days of Ephesus, or have other artifacts, do not buy these for any reason. #1 They are not real. #2 If they are real, and you take them out of Turkey, you are in BIG trouble. Just say no and roll your eyes to yourself thinking that someone was silly enough to think you'd fall for the old selling fake ancient coins trick. This is very prominent around the Temple of Artemis

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    GET THERE EARLY

    by Snipernurse Written Jun 6, 2008
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    There are two fantastic reasons to get to Ephesus right when it opens at 8 am. Least important but significant: it gets stifling hot. There are limited facilities as far as bathrooms and water. Get there when the weather is nice. #2 and hugely significant: there are a massive amount of crowds that show up starting around 9:30. Let me tell you, it is a mass of humanity. From 8 - 9 am I shared this site with maybe 20 other people and I had many uninterrupted photos and definately plenty of space and quiet to reflect on the significance of the site. GET THERE AT 8 AM!!!!!!!!! Another tip would be that the buses drop these groups off at the back part of the site. Not at the entrance were the main stadium is. If you start where they start then you may be able to avoid the crowds altogether. They end at the main stadium.

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    PHOTO PESTS

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    On your way round Ephesus you may come across a photographer taking photos of you,so politely tell him to bugger off, because he will then ask you for money hahahahahahaha. Why the hell would anyone want to pay for a photo when he can see you are taking photos with your own camera

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    THE HEAT OF THE DAY

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Please take it easy going round Ephesus, take plenty of drink, and if possible take a brolly to shade you from the sun. There are no shops on the site to buy drinks and there is very little shade, and with the temp often reaching over 140 degrees this can be very dangerous, so take care out there

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    NO TOILETS

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    This is an important thing to remember before you enter Ephesus, there are no toilets on this site, don't ask me why hehehehehehehe, just make sure you go before you enter, it takes a good 4 hours walking round Ephesus. Oh and there are no bushes to go behind either, so you can forget that idea hehehehehehe

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    BEWERE OF BUYING REAL ARTIFACTS

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    If anybody approches you in Ephesus asking you to buy relics or artifacts THEN SAY NO, i don't know if its a problem in Ephesus, but there were signs to warn people of this. If you are caught you will be prosicuted and poss jailed

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    Warning! Ephesus is not for the Agoraphobic

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 30, 2005

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    The Crowds at Ephesus!

    Let's get one thing clear about Ephesus. You will not be alone. This is not the place to visit if you have a problem with crowds. I had hoped to avoid the mass of bus tourgroups that visit Ephesus from Kusadasi by arriving at the gates at 9am sharp. No such luck. The hordes of tourists had already arrived. What this means is that if you want to take any shots of important monuments free of crowds then you have to be very patient. Fortunately I am but I did have to take this shot of a bus group just to show you what I mean.

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    Limited Number of Functioning Toilets

    by guell Updated Aug 2, 2004

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    ancient toilets

    While visiting Ephesus, you must plan your toilet stops well. Though you'll see several out-of-commission toilets throughout the city like the ones pictured here, the only ones you can actually use are located near the entrance.

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    Watch out on the parking lot

    by yvesr Written Jul 3, 2004

    When arriving at Ephesus site, as soon as you get out the car, you will have people around you, telling you that to start your visit, you must first take a ride from one of their drivers, to the top of the site, to avoy to come back on your feet after visiting the site. They say that it is organized by the government (bull ***), it is free and the only obligation you have is to visit one of their shops prior to visiting the site. If you are not interested in visiting a shop ie: leather, carpet or jewels, but rather take your time to visit Ephesus, do not get into their cars, go directly to the ticket counter and do your visit as you wish, it is not that long a walk to do, even if you have to come back on your way once finish with the visit.
    One advice, if you can hire a guide or join a group, I would recommend as you will enjoy more your visit.

    Have a nice visit, it is worth the trip!

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    illegal souvenirs

    by Leipzig Updated Jan 18, 2004

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    In Ephesus, like in all the other tourist spots, you will be offered "Souvenirs" like small stones, ancient statues and something like that! JUST SAY NO!!!
    No matter how cheap they are and how wonderful they look like. It is highly illegal to export such goods from Turkey. You may become arrested for several years!!!

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    Warning - This place gets really, really crowded

    by dlytle Written Apr 4, 2003

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    Ephesus Can Get Crowded

    As you can see from the picture, Ephesus draws a big crowd during the normal tourist season.

    Try to visit Ephesus in the Spring or Fall instead of during the high summer when so many folks are on vacation or holiday.

    If possible, find out when the big cruise ships are visiting Kusadasi because a goodly portion of their passengers are going to make the trip to Ephesus. If you know you can avoid them.

    Even when it is busy it is splendid - but think about the quality of your pictures and the ability to see everything Ephesus has to offer if there aren't hundreds and hundreds of other tourists in your way.

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    Don’t climb up the Hill

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Ephesus - Arcadian Avenue

    I’ve seen this amusing warning sign in Ephesus. It must have been meant: don’t climb up the hill where the Great Theatre is located or you may fall down the Arcadian Avenue!

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