The Odeion
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This small, enclosed theater was used for concerts as well as political events. The theater contained 23 tiered rows of seating in a semi-circular shape, which could accommodate up to 1450 spectators.
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,534 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is an outdoor theater near one of the entrances. We attended an evening concert here and the experience was sublime. Outside the theater you will find some portions of pillars, and we were served cocktails there before the show. The lights of the theater illuminated the hillsides. Seating was somewhat uncomfortable because everything is stone. You need a cushion.
Written 20 May 2024
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Small amphitheater near the entrance, really well preserved with amazing detail.

Being small gets very crowed much bigger amphitheater further down the road that’s much better to explore, but still great to see sit down and admire what was built all those years ago.

Make sure you take the time to enjoy this piece of history of the ancient city.
Written 3 July 2023
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK4,402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Near the entrance, this theatre is the smaller of the two but no less beautiful. You can climb the steps and admire the view of where the stage was. Only the seating area survives but it’s still worth visiting.
Written 30 January 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The Odeon is the smaller Ephesus amphitheater not to be mixed with the huge one in its vicinity.
The Odeon is almost the first attraction if entering through the Heraclus gate. It could seat around 1.500 (compared to 25.000 in the amphitheater) and it was used as a concert venue and Roman Senate meeting place.
Written 8 November 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania34,248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
A small ancient theater that has the misfortune to be located just 500m from another one, much larger and more impressive. It is the first interesting objective, if you enter the site through the north gate. Interesting fact: in that ancient times it has a wooden roof.
Written 23 September 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Lots of interesting nooks and crannies in and around the Odeion. Interesting place of past entertainment, debate and discourse.
Written 5 March 2020
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Mohit
Noida, India337 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Depending on what gate you take to enter Ephesus, this would be the first or last thing you see here. It would be great it it's last though. It's kinda "cute" and unlike the large amphitheatre which was used for public gatherings and state functions, this smaller one which was used for musical contests and probably official meetings is completely open. You can access all the parts of the amphitheatre including the central space.

In the ancient times, the people used to enter amphitheatres through the side entrances and in a lot of amphitheatres these side entrances are either destroyed (the larger amphitheatre) or are converted into small museums (in Jordan) but here they are as much intact as they can be after so many years. That's probably the best part of being here.
Written 5 January 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,162 contributions
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Apr 2019
The Odeion of Ancient Ephesus is a small theater about 150m east of Hercules Gate. Construction in 150 A.D. was financed by a wealthy citizen named Publius Vedius Antonius and his wife FlaviaPapiana. The Odeion was built into the hillside in a semi-circular shape, with 23 tiers of seats, accommodating 1450 spectators. There are three main sections: the cavea (auditorium), the orchestra (place of action for the actors) and the skene (the stage building). The semi-circular cavea is divided in two by a diazoma (horizontal passage separating the rows of seats) in the center. The marble seats are well crafted. The skene probably had two-stories with a narrow marble podium in front. The orchestra is semi-circular; the lack of gutters (for rain water) indicates that the Odeion was roofed. There were five entrances (in the front of the theater and along the street to the State Agora), and the facade was adorned with pillars. The Odeion was used for political meetings (bouleuterion), social events, concerts and theatrical performances. This theater 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 23 November 2019
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Karen K
United States83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The Odeion, a small theater with a stage, seating and an orchestra, had a double function. It was used for Senate meetings and as a concert hall. Constructed in the 2nd century A.D. by two wealthy citizens, it could seat 1,500 spectators. The members of the Senate were chosen from the aristocratic class and important decisions and city matters were discussed here. If you have time, you can walk into the Odeion and sit on the stone seats.
Written 27 October 2019
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Pratush
New Delhi, India375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Do take a full tour of Ephesus and guides will bring you to this place as well and explain the whole history.
Written 23 October 2019
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