ADD TO LISTSelcuk is the number one travel destination in Turkey's Aegean region. It's definitely worth visiting Selcuk for at least a few days if you're traveling to Turkey, where you can appreciate some great ruins, ancient cities, and beaches. Popular attractions include the Ephesus and St John's Basilica. Explore this Selcuk travel guide to find out more about all the interesting stuff to see and do there.
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Selcuk is a quiet little town which acts as the jumping-off point for going to visit Ephesus. However, the town, though not exactly spectacular or grandiose, has some interesting sights, and is a good place to interact with the locals--plus, it's surrounded by drop-dead-gorgeous rolling hills and orchards of fruit trees. It's also a popular nesting spot for storks, which usually arrive in late March and early April to mate with their lifelong partners. As to the sights, here you'll find what remains of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis. These days, it amounts to some scattered ruins in a field, but it is there nonetheless. Also in town is the Basilica of St. John the Apostle, a grand fortress, the Isa Bey Mosque and a museum housing artifacts found at the Ephesus site, which is about 3 km away, if memory serves.
Ephesus is an amazing place full of culture and history. What really surprised me was all the Biblical history. More than you would imagine. Seeing the places where the apostles and disciples walked and preached is an incredible experience.
Ephesus is also a place to go if you like to shop. Turkish rugs, Turkish teas, Turkish leather which feels like butter!!! But beware the vendors!! They will hassle you to no end!! The worst hassling experience that I had in Europe. So if you don't plan on buying anything, don't go in the store! Don't even talk to the vendor! But if you like to negotiate and barter, this is the place to be. Also know that they pretty much accept any currency there- U.S. dollars, Euros, Turkish Liras, Yen, it doesn't even matter. They just want your money!! Enjoy!
I enjoyed the city of Euphseus not sure of spelling. It has a great deal of historical sightseeing/archeological ruins. The city has all major religions within it. It has so many differnt styles of architecture. I also enjoyed going to the supposed final resting place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. They have a natural spring there where you can bring bottles to get blessed water. I brought some home for my friend who was having trouble concieving and guess what, she drank it and had a baby. No, it wasn't an immaculate conception but it was a baby which she was having trouble concieving. Could all have been in the mind, she was seeing an infertility specialist but it makes for a nice birth story! Also, great shopping in Turkey especially, leather products, bags, shoes & cashmere!
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