Selcuk Turkey Travel Guide

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Selcuk Turkey Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Selcuk Turkey Travel Guide

We loved our time in Selcuk, not sure if it was the fabulous ANZ Guesthouse we stayed in or the fact it’s a pretty laid back town with yummy food or the incredible historic sites in and around Selcuk but whatever it was we have very fond memories of this town.

Selcuk is on the western coast of Turkey and the gateway to Ephesus. Catch an overnight bus from Istanbul which gets you into to Selcuk early in the morning.

Things To See & Do In Selcuk Turkey

City of Ephesus 

City of Ephesus 

If you see one thing in Turkey see Ephesus. Once n Ancient Greek and then Roman city Ephesus is a stunning collection of restored buildings and ancient ruins. Situated 7km from Selcuk, go early to avoid the hoards. Read more about Ephesus.

Basilica of St John

Basilica of St John

Basilica of St John was built by Justinian I in the 6th century and stands over the beloved burial site of John the Apostle. The Basilica sits on the slopes of Ayasuluk Hill below in Aysauluk Castle in the centre of Selcuk.

House of Mary the Virgin

House of Mary the Virgin

House of the Mary the Virgin is not far from Selcuk and is both a Catholic and Muslim shrine. Catholic pilgrims visit the house as they believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus was bought here by Saint John and lived the rest of her life in the house as seen in visions by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.

Isa Bey Mosque

Isa Bey Mosque

Isa Bey Mosque was constricted in 1374-75 in honour of Ardini Isa Bey, an Anatolian dynasty, and based on the design of the Great Mosque in Damascus. The Isa Bey Mosque is worth a visit as it is a pretty impressive display of architecture of its time.

Ayasuluk Kalesi

Ayasuluk Kalesi

Ayasulik Kalesi Is on a hill in the centre of Selcuk. Once the heart of Ephesus before the harbour silted up and the population moved to a new site. Inside you will find the remnants of a mosque, cisterns from the Otterman times and the outlines of houses.

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There are 195 countries in the world stretching across seven continents – so there is an awful lot to see.Where to begin? Many people are inspired by a movie they have seen or a story they have heard, or a desire to see the land of their ancestors. 

Use the drop-down on the right to explore the world.

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