Baths of Varius
Baths of Varius
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Nothing really impressive remained to be seen. If it wasn't the guide's story, you wouldn't even realize that there were some public baths. Only a few remains of massive walls and some stone arches left to be seen.
Written 23 September 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Some nice arches and scattered stones. Not all that amazing but interesting if you have a good guide to explain.
Written 5 March 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The Bath of Varius, is about 150m from the (modern) entrance to Ephesus, and one of the first ruins I saw after passing through the entrance gate. Unfortunately, there has not been much reconstruction; three barrel vaults above jumbled stone walls stood out against the hillside. The site was roped off (for safety), but there were several interpretive signs nearby (in several languages). The bath was constructed in the 2nd to 4th centuries on the site of an earlier Hellenistic gymnasium. The bath is Roman in style and construction; stone blocks were faced with marble (carved stone fragments were visible lying about the site). Four bathing rooms on the north side were partially hewn out of the bedrock The bath had three sections: a frigidarium (cold water), a tepidarium (warm water) and a caldarium (hot water, having seven niches with bathing pools). Colonnades with mosaic floors connected the rooms, and patrons would have socialized in the lobby, resting areas, reading rooms and recreation halls. Beyond the three bathing pools was a hypocaust (furnace) to heat the water. A palaestra (exercise area) probably adjoined the complex to the south. The famous 2nd-3rd century sophist Flavius Damianus funded the bath construction. A private room was built for him and his wife, Ephesus Vedius Antonius (the daughter of a rich citizen). A room was later added for their daughter, Vedia Faedrina. This would have been a great mark of status as Romans valued personal hygiene and would have used these baths on a regular basis. A mosaic corridor (40 m long), (surviving to the present), was added in the 5th century AD (Byzantine times). The bath is one of many ruins in Ephesus which is a UNESCO World heritage Site. The ruins are popular, so visiting early or late in the day helps avoid crowds. Sturdy shoes, water and a hat are recommended, as walking surfaces are uneven, and there is little shade. The Ephesus site is open Apr-Oct: 8am-7.30pm, and closes at 5.30pm Nov-Mar. There is an entry fee of ₺60 for adults; children are free. Parking is 10₺.
Written 30 November 2019
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada2,072 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The baths of Varius was built by the Romans in the second century. This was the place for travelers to visit first before entering the city to ensure visitors were clean and minimize the spread of disease. There is plenty of marble here, separated in three sections for the different temperatures of water. I can only imagine this must have been the ultimate place for bathing back then. The excavations are still in progress, and this attraction will improve in time.
Written 9 July 2019
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MFD
United Kingdom2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
As part of the tour of Ephesus is the baths of Varius dating back during the Hellenistic age, around the 2nd century A.D. Though very little is preserved a lot is left for the imagination.
Written 2 April 2019
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The Chosen Cookie
Bradford, UK155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
An ancient bathing complex once adorned in Marble and providing 3 different types of bath to the people of Ephesus. The buildings predate the Roman occupancy, having been built then expanded upon during both the Roman and Byzantine periods. A far cry from the castles and temples of the Medieval period in that so much work has gone into the design, construction, maintenance and expansion of the baths really shows how important public hygiene was to the romans and how advanced they were as a civilisation. And to think, we lost it all and as recently as 1600 shunned people for bathing too often!
Written 27 July 2018
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar19,240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
When to enter the city from the top road or from top to bottom, it was believed that people do take bath on those public baths. It is to enter clean and show respects to the Lords
Written 13 August 2017
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Murray D
Saint John, Canada497 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Suppose to be a bath house before entering the city. Nice carvings on the stones being reset into place. The whole city seems to have some sort of reconstruction planned for the future. There are some areas covered so people can work in the off season which might be raining more than tourist season.
We arrived via cruise ship.
Please be aware at the end they have shops with vendors selling fake stuff. It's OK to buy a trinket to remember the trip but the gemstones are fakes and so are the spices etc. Buyer beware.

As well they will ask if you want to stop and look at rugs or leather goods. The driver is getting a kick from any sales and you're best to walk around town back in Kusadasi yourself to get better prices. There are rugs in town as well. Beware you don't get cotton for silk as I couldn't tell the difference the cotton was so nice and soft.
Written 17 November 2016
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RobertFGCarter
Fareham, UK1,480 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Not the most spectacular part of the city, but anywhere other than Ephesus this would be very good, it's just there is so much to see in the Ancient City.
Written 7 August 2016
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jlantern3
Columbia, SC12,846 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
this is a cool looking ruins- located in the upper part of the city. not much remains. good signage giving description
Written 19 July 2016
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