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“Picturesque Turkish Town”
Review of Selcuk

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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Picturesque Turkish Town”
Reviewed 24 March 2011

A small and sleepy Turkish city in close proximity to some amazing sights, Selçuk is definitely worth a visit. Very walkable, good restaurants and bars and small enough that it doesn't take long to make some local friends. (Make sure to visit Sky Bar - a simple but friendly establishment - for an Efes; and say hi to Mustafa!) Just 3km from the amazing and musn't-miss Ephesus, there are also other attractions full of history that are not far away. The Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, Maryemana's (the Virgin Mary's) alleged final house, the last pillar standing from the Temple of Artemis, a Byzantine aqueduct and the mountain village of Şirince are among the interesting sights close by. All in all, a very nice slice of quiet Turkish life.

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
401 reviews
258 helpful votes
“don't miss Ephesus if you are in Turkey”
Reviewed 1 March 2011

This is a place you will never forget. A short drive from Kusadasi, yet it feels as if you are going back centuries in time. There are lots of tour guides and it is really worth finding one that can walk you through the whole site and explain what each of the structures was (like the baths, the library, the temples, the theatre) when they were in use. I would plan to spend at least 3 hours once you get there, more if you have the time. If you like history and architecture then you should not miss this.

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
“Amazing and affordable private tour in Ephesus”
Reviewed 10 October 2010

We signed up for a private tour of Ephesus in July 2010 through www.kusadasiguides.com, which was much more affordable than the tours offered by our cruise ship. Our tour guide Emre Dasdemir met us at the Kusadasi cruise port, and took us to our private air-conditioned van. The van could have seated at least 8, but we had it to ourselves. Emre was friendly, professional, and knowledgable, and the driver was really nice too. The pace was wonderful, and the whole experience was much more pleasant than group tours we had taken at other destinations. After the House of Virgin Mary and Ephesus, we had a private lunch in the garden of a local restaurant, and ate a delicious, multi-course meal included in the tour price. We also got to see rug-weaving demonstrations and how silk is made from silk worms, which was fun. I would highly recommend this tour, and Emre in particular! I was surprised that Turkey ended up being one of the highlights of our trip.

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1 review
“One of the most beautiful ancient cities”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

Breathtaking. Beautiful.

The ancient city of Ephesus is made of marble that is still in tact. (Unlike Pompeii which has been pilfered over the years). It is absolutely gorgeous --- the civilzation was so advanced, they had a round globe (thousands of years before Columbus), and even marble toilets with sophisticated plumbing! The library was 3 stories high and made of marble, the ampitheatre held 35,000 people. This was and still is an AMAZING place. Much more interesting than Pompeii

Nearby - see where the Virgin Mary lived her final years, and St. John chose to be buried (before the Pope pilfered those remains)...a 13th century medieval castle is to be open to the public soon.

Witness a place where several different cultures and religions peacefully and respectfully come together!

Thank adstogo
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East London UK
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
67 helpful votes
“Selcuk, a lovely small town near Ephesus”
Reviewed 8 October 2010

Most people visit Selcuk on the way to Ephesus.

A stay in the town itself is not to be missed. I spent a marvelous week there in 2010. The people are friendly, there are good shops, much cheaper than in Izmir or Istanbul and lots of small bars and cafe's where you can relax.

The ruins of the Roman Aqueduct which run right through the town are a marvel, there is a terrific castle whose presence dominates the town and the Byzantine Church of St John's ruin is truly romantic.

I am 68 but managed to walk to Ephesus and back. On the way one old guy offered me a lift on the back of his moped and several families, picnicing along the way offerred me tea.

I stayed in the Boomerang Hostel, near the Bus Station and highly recomend it

Thank mike1942EastLondonUK
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