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The drab and surprisingly unattractive town of Selcuk is inextricably associated with its most famous touristic site, the ruins of Ephesus, but is also home to several other features of great historic and religious significance. Over 1.5 million visitors per year invade this village of 25000, staying locally or arriving on tour busses or by private guide from Izmir 75 km north or from the cruise ship and resort city of Kusadasi 15 km to the west. Current plans call for an increase in local hotel facilities by a factor of three to over 30000 rooms with spas and golf courses. It features an art and tourism festival annually in May and a Camel-Wrestling festival each January.

Among the many ruling nations to control Ephesus-Selcuk over several centuries were the Selcuk Turks who gained control of the city in 1304 naming the city Ayusuluk. Under their rule, Ephesus again became a city of major commercial and religious importance.
The Selcuks ruled until the 15th Century when the Ottoman Turks displaced them. Under the Ottoman rule, the city went into a long decline as the harbor became unusable. Poverty and malaria steadily decreased the population and by the mid-19th Century the area was essentially deserted and overgrown.
Resurgance began in the 1860's when British archaeologists discovered the remains of the Temple of Artemis. Austrian archaologist beginning in the 1890's unearthed the first ruins of Ephesus which even today is no more than 25% uncovered. With the certifcation of the House of Mary by the Vatican and the remarkable Roman ruins, Selcuk was reborn by the early 20th Century and has prospered as a touristic center. In 1912, the city was renamed Selcuk in memory of the rulers under whom the city had flourished centuries earlier.

Selcuk from Mt Nightingale

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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    You really did a wonderful job with your description of selcuk. particularly impressive was the detail in history, mythology and archaeology. Brought back memories. Well done!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Hi Ive found a page Ive not yet read and rated! Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and birthday wishes my dear VT friend!and so true - the tomatoes we had in Turkey for breakfast each morning were particularly delicious!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    The history of the religion was fascinating and I really liked your detail descriptions of this. It seems strange to have such culture for the region, but am impressed. Great job.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Nice page! I like your frank opinions. We visited Ephesus, Meryemana Evi, & Kusadasi last summer & enjoyed it very much. Considering we were cruise ship passengers there for a day only, I believe we saw quite a bit!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    A very interesting page on Selcuk and its various attractions, not to mention your very frank and informative tips on all that is or is not right about the place!! Just what a traveller needs to know.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Astounding, some of the best writing on VT. Your passion and love of antiquity abound. I was so fascinated that I kept on reading, reading & had to go back to give all 5 stars. This makes VT so worthy.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Hi Lew, again I am very impressed by your fine photos and detailed, well informed descriptions. That's quite a contrast between the Artemis statues and the gladiator exhibit.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Teling it like it is - most refreshing! Enjoyed the tour of the museum and found the juxtaposition of veneration of two great mother figures fascinating. leyle

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Thank you Lew for the virtual tour which is very useful for me before building a page of my own! I missed the museum because we arrived in Selcuk too early when the museum was still closed. Lucky you were to see it...

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 26, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Lew, Enjoyed your tips, especially the carpets, after recently witnessing the "Show Ring Performance" of a Moroccan carpet salesman I doubt if the Turks would be any different, however carpets from these countries are great value, and tremendous memento.


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