Adventurous Top Things To Do At Selçuk

Where and what to see at Selçuk?

Selçuk is located 18 kilometers northeast of Kuşadası, 3 kilometers northeast of Ephesus, and 7 kilometers from the House of the Virgin Mary, Meryem Ana.

The town is home to a number of 14th-century mosques, the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and a few Ottoman houses. Nearby is the hill of Ayasoluk, on which are the ruins of the Basilica of St. John, built over the tomb of the Apostle John. Higher up is a citadel with the ruins of, among other things, a mosque. At the foot of the hill is the Isa Bey Mosque from the 14th century, with the Isa Bey Hammam next to it, the remains of the Temple of Artemis.

Also, 8 kilometers east of Selçuk is the village of Sirince, which was mainly inhabited by Christian Greeks until the population exchange of 1924. Today, there are a few abandoned churches in the village, which is said to be the site of Mary’s ascension. In recent years, the village has been visited by tourists.

The connection and characteristics between Selçuk and Ephesus

Ephesus was a major port city, functioning as the main gate between East and West. This position of Ephesus allowed the city to become the most important political and commercial center. Ephesus does not owe its importance only to this fact. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city located on the west coast of Anatolia, 3 km far from the present-day Selçuk district and it was an important Roman city. Today you can still see those lovely remains of the well-preserved place of Ephesus

The village of Sirince.

Şirince is a cute little village with a fun history, beautiful views, wonderful food, hospitality, and so much more. It’s perhaps the perfect synthesis of a traditional Turkish village. The village lies across a hill about 8 km from the ancient city of Ephesus and has the Şirince bazaar, which is one of the great markets on the Aegean coast. The homes are connected through windy, cobbled streets that are narrow and make you feel like you’re traveling back in time and the narrow city streets are preserved as well by the prohibition of vehicles in the city center.

House of Virgin Marry

Ephesus has had a long tradition of being a center of religious pilgrimage. The House of the Virgin Mary which can be still visited today is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people, Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. However, similarly to the history of St. John, there are many questions and uncertainties regarding this location.

The terrace houses.

The Terrace Houses complex in Ephesus consists of old remains and luxurious villas, located on the northern slope of Bülbüldağı Hill. So far, two housing complexes – Eastern and Western – have been excavated. They were built according to the Hippodamian plan where the roads transect each other at right angles. The excavation work of the Terrace Houses started in 1960. The restoration of the houses is an ongoing process and every year there is something new to admire there.

A must-do list in Selçuk

  • Wine tasting of course in Sirince!
  • Buying hand-made olive oil soap
  • Visiting all the mentioned places in just a day or two.
  • Skydiving above Ephesus
  • Enjoying the Çöp Şiş in Selcuk at a traditional restaurant
  • Tasting and buying the best olives in Turkey.

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