Tour One of the Historical Capital of the World in Charming Selcuk

Selcuk is one of the historical, cultural and touristic capitals of our country with many visitors taking an Ephesus tour from Selcuk and receives many tourists from the cruise ships which berth in the neighbouring ports. Selcuk occupies a distinguished place in the world for the cultural assets it possesses, the ancient town of Ephesus being pre-eminent. As we have found out in the archaeological research carried out in recent years, the very first settlements at Selçuk go back some 8,000 years.   Read More...

Tour One of the Historical Capital of the World in Charming Selcuk

Selcuk is a charming town found near Kusadasi, in the Aegean coast. Many tourists flock here to see one of the most significant archaeological sites in Turkey, the ancient ruins of the city of Ephesus. Few adventurers stop here for a long time which is why the town has kept its chilled out lifestyle. In the morning you will see farmers pass the town centre in their tractors, taking their wives to work in the fields.

Selcuk and the surrounding area are rich in many exciting and historical places and the most prominent attraction when on an ancient city tour in Selcuk is the ruined city of Ephesus, located about 3 kilometres from the town centre. If you are in the vicinity of Ephesus, find the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, located nearby. It is a Byzantine necropolis where dozens of rock-cut tombs can be seen. The cave is connected to a legend of young, persecuted the Christians of Ephesus.

On the way to Ephesus make a little detour and stop at the remains of Artemision, a huge temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis. In ancient times, Artemision was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

However, today little remains from the period of the splendour of this structure. Saint John also visited the Ephesus. He came with Mary, mother of Jesus, as he had promised to take care of her until she reportedly took her life. The house where she lived (called Meryemana by the Turks), was found on the Hill of Nightingales (tr. Bülbüldağı) 8 kilometres from Ephesus. Today, it is now a sanctuary that is visited both by the faithful and curious tourists on Selcuk tours.

Isa Bey Mosque is a fascinating monument of Muslim architecture. It was built in 1375 and represented the transitional period of Anatolian architecture, post-Seljuk, but pre-Ottoman. The mosque opens to the general public when prayers are not taking place.

The highlight of the trip when on your private tour of Selçuk should be a visit to the Ephesus Museum, located in the town centre. Close to Selcuk, there is a picturesque Sirince, famous for its fruit wines and on the southern side of the town, there is Cmlık Tren Muzesi (Railway Museum). This museum is the largest of its kind in Turkey and one of the largest in Europe and can be seen on daily tours to Selcuk. You will find 33 steam locomotives and several passenger cars, including a favourite private car of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In addition to the many historical sights, visitors in Selcuk can enjoy a wide range of cultural festivals and sports events, including the famous camel wrestling and traditional oil wrestling.

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