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||Practical information for Selçuk
Selçuk Tourist Information Office, see details below.
|The nearby archaeological site of ancient Ephesus|
has its own travel guide and photo gallery.
|Detailed information about some of Selçuk's sights can|
be found with the photos in our three photo galleries.
|For information about Ephesus Archaeological Museum
See page 4.
|Facts & figures
||Selçuk, Selcuk (pronounced Selchuck)|
In ancient times the area now occupied by the town was part of the city of Ephesus.
During the Christian Byzantine era it was known as Agios Theologos (Greek, Άγιος Θεολόγος) after the Basilica of Saint John the Theologian.
In the Seljuk and Ottoman periods Turks referred to it as Ayasoluk (Ayasluğ).
In 1914 the town was renamed Selçuk after the Seljuk Turks who settled in the area in the 12th century.
||Aegean (Turkish, Ege Bölgesi)|
||Selçuk is the main town of the Selçuk district,|
in Turkey's Izmir Province.
The town is 5 km inland, east of the Aegean Sea;
3 km northeast of Ephesus archaeological site;
18 km northeast of the seaside resort Kuşadası;
and 75 km south of the provincial capital Izmir.
||Selçuk and Ephesus lie on the flood plain on the silted-up mouth of the Küçük Menderes river (Small Maeander; known in ancient times as the Cayster; Greek, Κάυστρος, Kaystros). The plain is interspersed with hills, and bounded by low wooded mountains.|
The mild climate and rich silt allow a variety of fruits and vegetables to be grown around the town. Horses and cattle are also bred here.
||Selçuk district 279.85 square kilometres|
(108.05 square miles)
||28,213 (2012); Selçuk district 34,587 (2012)|
||Eastern European Time (EET)|
Daylight Saving Schedule:
Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours
Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours
||Selçuk Municipality website selcuk.bel.tr|
with information in English
||Turkish Lira (TRY or TL)|
|Further information for Turkey, including visa details,
can be found in our introduction to Turkey.
|Addresses and telephone numbers
|Selçuk Tourist Information Office
Atatürk Mahallesi, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, Selçuk
(opposite the Ephesus Museum, see page 4)
Tel: (02 32) 892 63 28
Weekdays: 8:30-12:00 and 13:00-17:30
Weekends: 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00
Free maps of Selçuk and Ephesus available.
Selçuk Municipality Office
Tel: (02 32) 892 69 25 / 892 69 11
Tel: (02 32) 892 60 04
Tel: (02 32) 892 70 36
A window of the Saadet Hatun Bath Museum.
A large roadside sign advertising one of the carpet-weaving centres around Selçuk.
|Many guided tours include a visit to a carpet-weaving centre. Visitors are shown the various stages of traditional carpet production, from silk worm to finished product. It can be fascinating, but is not everybody's cup of tea, and some tourists complain that they feel obliged to buy, and that they would rather spend their time seeing more of Ephesus and Selçuk.
map of north-western Turkey and the Aegean area.
See a larger interactive map of this area.
|Map, photos and articles: © David John
Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis
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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Selçuk
originally appeared in 2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.
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