Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is situated at a Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

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Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

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City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

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Hatay

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Sakarya

Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »

Van

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Rize

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Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

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Balıkesir

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Amasya

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Mersin

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Burdur

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Yalova

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Karabük

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Selçuk

Selçuk

Selçuk

Selçuk:  Center of many civilizations since ancient times, both sacred and historic region and the open air museum of Izmir.


Selçuk, with a history dating back to 6000 BC, abounds in valuable artifacts illustrative of the culture and architecture of the ancient city of Ephesus located in the region.  


Selçuk, which will greet you with the breeze of the Aegean and its green trees, is also an important center for Christianity.


Wouldn’t you like to witness the enchanting atmosphere of Selçuk where history meets scenic beauty?  

Attractions


Selçuk being one of the most beautiful and valuable boroughs of Izmir, invites you to a journey in time from eight thousand years ago to today.
Ephesus is a major site that needs to be visited in Selçuk. Ephesus, which had been one of the most important towns of the antiquity, has preserved itself over thousands of years and today offers its ancient ruins and artifacts to travelers.
This ancient city which hosts many immeasurably valuable ancient structures carries unique richness.  Many ancient works like The Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsius, the ancient Theater, the Odeon, the Terrace houses, the marble path, the Gate of Augustus are waiting to be discovered by you.
The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is near the ancient city of Ephesus and it is the first temple built from marble. This temple dedicated to goddess Artemis was an important religious center.
The House of Virgin Mary, where Virgin Mary is believed to have spent the last years of her life, appears behind green trees.  The house is located in the higher altitudes of Bülbül Mountain and it is believed that Virgin Mary lived there with St. Jean before she died and was buried on site.
Also known as Ashab-ı Keyf in Arabic, the cave of the Seven Sleepers is the cave which is believed to be the hiding place of seven Christian youths in Ephesus. In this cave today, you can find the burial places believed to belong to the Sleepers and a church.
The Church of St. Jean and Isabey Mosque are remains that can be visited, to observe the influence of different cultures in the region.
Selçuk is close to many boroughs of Izmir and there are also activities for those looking for some adrenaline rush. There are schools for sky diving in Selçuk and the area is sure to offer you pleasurable time in many different ways.
Selçuk, renowned as one of biggest open air museums of the world, offers you the opportunity to take a sojourn into nature and to get steeped in history and ancient civilizations.

Events


Being the present day living area of the antiquity and being situated in the heart of nature Selçuk hosts visitors with many festival organizations.
The Festival of Ephesus takes place in September every year and hosts various international participants.  This festival which stages many events, concerts, shows and exhibitions is also waiting for you.
Selçuk is the ideal destination for all nature enthusiasts looking for a cultural vacation. Wouldn’t you like to visit the area?

How can I get there?


Since Selçuk has easy access with several transportation choices and offers various options of vacationing, it is a year round preferred Aegean resort.
The Adnan Menderes Airport of İzmir is the closest airport to Selçuk. Once you arrive in İzmir by flight there are options of local transportation, shuttles, taxis or private car. Then you can start your discovery of the area without losing time.
You can also arrive in İzmir by bus from different cities and take local transportation from İzmir
Are you ready to meet one of the most beautiful resorts of the Aegean?

 

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