Ephesus (Efes)

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Selçuk, Turkey

Ephesus (Efes) Selçuk Reviews

Farore Farore
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Ephesus, an ancient city rediscovered Jun 08, 2012
Our trip to Ephesus, or Efes as it is called in Turkish, was amazing. Well we like to visit old heaps of stone so we are a bit biased ;) We had a two hour tour with a guide, but an audio guide would probably suffice as well.

The first thing we saw was that it was pretty huge. Two hours is enough to walk through the city, but i think you can easily spend a few hours more if you go on your own.

Anyway, on with it! Ephesus is one of the oldest cities and at its most prosperous had an estimated population of 250,000. It is believed Ephesus was colonized somewhere around the 10th century BC. And due to many civilisations that took control over the centuries, Ephesus is a mix of Greek, Roman and Ottoman architecture.

I won't go telling the entire history of Ephesus, there are a lot of sites out there doing the exact same thing.
Map of Efes
Baths of Varius
Ionian decoration
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vatim vatim
3 reviews
Ephesus (Efes), Turkey May 01, 2011
Ephesus (or known locally as Efes) is very near the town of Selçuk in Turkey. I suggest staying at one of those old traditional houses which have been turned into boutique hotels up in the town of Şirince (shi-RIN-jay), about 8 km up in the hills from Selçuk. I stayed at http://www.kirkinca.com/en/oda.html Very nice. It is very rustic. You can hear the rooster crow in the morning and see local women go about doing their daily chores in the village. The breakfast is extremely sumptuous. To visit Ephesus, just take a dormus (van/bus) from Şirince back down to Selçuk and then hop on another dormus to Efes.

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