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This is a small town that retains a relaxed atmosphere and maintains its local character. Here, life is enjoyed at a slower pace; whether it’s strolling through the streets, sipping tea in a local cafe, or simply taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.


Selçuk is a town of approximately 25,000 residents and over two million visitors annually. Selçuk’s popularity among tourists hasn’t diminished the authentic character of the local community. The locals take pride in their town’s rich history and cultural heritage and are enthusiastic about sharing it.

Historical Landmarks

The town features the UNESCO-listed Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the Basilica of St. John, and the İsa Bey Mosque. Ephesus Archaeological Museum exhibits ancient artifacts from the city and nearby areas.


Selçuk’s streets are adorned with small shops and stalls. Additionally, grocery bazaars are held every Wednesday and Saturday.


The area is surrounded by natural beauty, with several national parks located just a short drive away. These parks offer scenic hiking trails, swimming spots, and picnic areas for visitors to enjoy. 


Local cuisine is available at numerous cafes and restaurants,  providing visitors with a taste of the town’s relaxed atmosphere. The vineyards in Şirince and Urla are important tasting spots for wine lovers, and this vineyard route offers the opportunity to explore the scenic villages and lush olive groves.


The region’s rich history, dating back to the philosophers of Ephesus, has made it a hub for academic and cultural institutions. Selçuk remains a lively destination throughout the year, with events and programs catering to both locals and visitors.

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Historical Significance

Selçuk has a rich historical and cultural heritage, dating back to the ancient times. The most famous historical attraction in the town is the ancient city of Ephesus, which was once a bustling center of trade and culture during the Greek and Roman periods. The city’s ruins draw tourists from all over the world.

Selçuk itself also has a rich history, with remnants of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods still visible in the town’s architecture and landmarks. The 6th-century Basilica of St. John, located on Ayasuluk Hill, is one such example, as is the Isa Bey Mosque, a 14th-century mosque built during the early Ottoman period.

Other historical attractions in the area include the Temple of Artemis at the Ephesus site, the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the last home of Jesus’ mother, and the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, a site of religious significance in both Christian and Islamic traditions.

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