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The Byzantine fortress on the citadel (acropolis) of Ayasuluk above Selçuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

The Byzantine fortress on the citadel (acropolis) of Ayasuluk above Selçuk.
Ayasuluk fortress

Currently closed to the public.

The citadel or the acropolis of Ayasuluk was built by the Byzantines, although the exact date of construction is unknown. Due to finds of Mycenaean pottery and other artifacts here, it is thought that the acropolis was used by indigenous Anatolian people before the arrival of the Ionian Greeks around 1000 BC.

The Turks rebuilt and added to the citadel, which has 15 watchtowers and contains numerous cisterns, a Byzantine church and a small mosque.

On the hillside to the right of the citadel is the walled precinct around the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist (see photos 5 - 13). The Turkish name Ayasuluk (Ottoman Turkish, Ayasluğ) is a corruption of of the Greek name of Saint John, Agios Ioannes Theologos (Ἅγίος Ἰωάννης Θεολόγος).

Because the fortress was until recently used by the Turkish military, it was inaccessible to the public for many years. Following renovation and restoration work it was opened to the public, but then closed again, apparently because of unsafe structures.

See more photos of the Ayasuluk citadel on gallery 1, page 14.
 
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Selçuk

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Selcuk photo gallery 1 - town of Selcuk, Turkey

gallery 1
Selçuk town
 
Selcuk photo gallery 2 - Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkey

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Ephesus Museum
 
Selcuk photo gallery 3 - Serbian folk dancers in Selcuk, Turkey

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Serbian dancers
SEE ALSO:
The My Favourite Planet travel guide to Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus


the nearby archaeological site
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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.
 
See also
The Cheshire Cat Blog
photo essays about Turkey:

Istanbul Essentials part 1

Istanbul Essentials part 2

Istanbul Essentials part 3
with video

Ionian Spring part 1

Ionian Spring part 2

Ionian Spring part 3
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