"Selcuk and St. John Basilica" Top 5 Page for this destination Selcuk by Diana75

Selcuk Travel Guide: 339 reviews and 945 photos

Close to an important ancient place such as Ephesus or to a significant pilgrimage place such as Virgin Mary?s House, the pretty town Selcuk is worth a visit also for its surrounds of a superb natural beauty.

With the name coming from the Turkish tribes settled in the region by the 12th century, Selcuk is a wonderful mix of elements from ancient times.

Its main attractions are the Ephesus Museum, the St. John Basilica and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but the small village ?Sirince?, located at 8km east of Selcuk, is also attracting a lot of visitors due to its spectacular view from a mountain.

Selcuk is also famous for the festivals held here every year.

The Ephesus International Festival, held in May; The Camel Wrestling Festival, on the third weekend of January and the Rite ceremonies at the House of Virgin Mary held every year on the 15th of August are only some of them.

For the ones who love the sun and beach, Pamucak is the best option near Selcuk (9km away from the town), but also Kusadasi can be easily reach.

In just a few words: a wonderful place that shouldn?t be missed!

  • Last visit to Selcuk: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2008 at 6:02 AM

    Your detailed presentation of Selcuk was most interesting to read and to view. I saw much of this but learned so much more by reading your pages. Excellent work.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 3:56 PM

    I am impressed. Another great page. You have seen a lot place by place in Turkey.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2006 at 5:43 AM

    I enjoyed this page on Selcuk - so much history here. I especially like the Basilica of Saint John, Isa Bay Mosque and the Temple of Atremision.

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2006 at 11:14 PM

    I went to Ephesus a few years ago -- this brings back good memories of the region -- and how hot it was !

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2006 at 11:26 AM

    I notice on the photo of the grotto of the seven sleepers everybody is standing in the shade LOL, i take it it was hot that day ?


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