Top 10 Things to do in Selcuk, Turkey

October 14, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Discover the best top things to do in Selcuk, Turkey including Celsus Kutuphanesi, Ancient City of Ephesus, Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, The Terrace Houses, Curetes Street, Ephesus Museum, Arcadian Way, Temple of Hadrian, The Odeion, Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist.
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1. Celsus Kutuphanesi

Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey
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5 based on 1 reviews

Celsus Kutuphanesi

Built by Julius Aquila in 110 A.D. as a memorial for his father, the Celsus Library is one of the finest buildings in Ephesus. The two-story building contained over 12,000 hand-written books, making it one of the largest library collections of its time.

Reviewed By waqarsarwar - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Celsus Kutuphanesi or as we call it a 'Library' was built by the Roman civilization of Ephesus town. Only the remains of the library stand till date but they do give an idea of what used to be here years ago. Must visit place!

2. Ancient City of Ephesus

Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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5 based on 8 reviews

Ancient City of Ephesus

Reviewed By GeZeCeN - Izmir, Turkey

Ephesus is in the UNESCO World Heritage List, which is visited by an average of 1 million people annually.İt is 9000 years inhabited place by different cultural. Historical studies in this area are continuing.
There is Tepmle of Artemis , one of the seven wonders of the world.
This ancient city is 15 minutes from the city of Selcuk and 15 minutes from virvin mary's house.
İf you come to Turkey ,you must see this amazing place.
Entering prices is app.9 € for antik city.There is Yamac(Terrace) Houses in the city 5 €,and Ephesus Museum 2.5 €

3. Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

Selcuk, Turkey +90 232 892 60 10
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Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

The largest and most spectacular structure of Ephesus was originally built in the 3rd century BC and was later updated by the Romans in the 1st century AD when it had a Seating capacity of 25,000.

Reviewed By Abu_Firas_11 - Doha, Qatar

Again if you go for Ephesus tour, you will visit this place. The theatre, library, love house, Fountain, public latrine and many others. It's all unique in structure and design. Never miss.

4. The Terrace Houses

Selcuk 35148, Turkey +90 232 892 60 10
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The Terrace Houses

Wealthy Ephesians inhabited these luxurious houses on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

The state of preservation of these terraced houses is remarkable. The frescoes and murals are absolutely spotless and far from looking like recent excavations. They actually have the appearance of only recently being vacated! Before visiting Ephesus I had assumed that the closest I would get to seeing and imaging in the interior of Roman houses would be the magnificent Pompeii rooms in the Met Museum, However, there is no substitute for seeing original frescoes and murals in situ under a Mediterranean sun. Requiring an additional ticket to visit clearly deters many visitors who only care to see the Library. We went around the site almost on our own despite its location on the principal street to the Library. These houses are equally as memorable as The Library facade. Not to be missed.

5. Curetes Street

Selcuk, Turkey
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4.5 based on 272 reviews

Curetes Street

One of the main streets through the city, it was once lined with Fountains, monuments and various shops and galleries.

Reviewed By Gussy1dog - Northwich, United Kingdom

As in the title, the curates street was where the main houses/stores etc were. It's a good steep climb, so better to walk down than up. In places you can still see the stone metal rings where they would rest and tie off their goods as they rested. There is plenty to see either side of the street such as Hadrians temple and the covered Terrace houses. Pics to follow.

6. Ephesus Museum

Selcuk, Turkey +90 232 892 60 10
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4.5 based on 828 reviews

Ephesus Museum

This important museum displays the pieces found in and around the ruins of Ephesus. Prior to World War II, discoveries were taken to a museum in Vienna.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

The museum is nicely laid out with descriptions of items available in English as well as Turkish. The museum contains the treasures unearthed at and nearby Ephesus. It is well designed, modern and air-conditioned, which is really welcome because it is generally so hot outside. It has a nice little sculpture courtyard (complete with relaxing Ephesus cats). The gift shop is a level above what you usually find in Greek/Turkish museums generally. This added to our Ephesus experience.

7. Arcadian Way

Selcuk, Turkey
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Arcadian Way

The bustle of city life was evident in the galleries and shops which once lined this main street leading from the harbor to the Ephesus Theatre.

Reviewed By 1TraveltheWorld - Alice Springs, Australia

The large road between the Grand Theatre and the old port is known as Arcadian way or Harbour street.
This was the primary entry point from the port where traders and sailors would first arrive.
The street was over half a kilometre long and has the remnants of columns and the ruins of ancient shops and galleries.
To appreciate the best views into the distance, climb to the top of the Grand Theatre which also provides the best photo's.

8. Temple of Hadrian

Curetes St., Selcuk, Turkey
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4.5 based on 271 reviews

Temple of Hadrian

This well preserved building is located in the city center on Curettes Road. The elegant workmanship and carvings on the front walls of the building make it one of the most attractive in the city.

Reviewed By Belgo96 - Australia

This is one of the most beautiful preserved structures along Curetes Street. It is also a star attraction for photos, possibly only second in popularity to the Library further down the street. The temple was originally built in the second century and dedicated to Emperior Hadrian who visited the city of Ephesus. Nice examples of Corinthian column work.

9. The Odeion

Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Selcuk, Turkey
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

The Odeion

This small, enclosed theater was used for Concerts as well as political events. The theater contained 23 tiered rows of Seating in a semi-circular shape, which could accommodate up to 1450 spectators.

Reviewed By 1TraveltheWorld - Alice Springs, Australia

The Odeon is one of the first sites you will see upon entry into ancient Ephesus.
It is situated near the baths and has a shape of a theatre, which is why it was also called “the little theatre”.
It was used as an auditorium, a concert hall and most importantly as a meeting place for the members of the senate.

10. Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist

3.5 km from the Ephesus archeological site, Selcuk, Turkey
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist

Reviewed By BobandJosie - Reading, United Kingdom

If you get a taste of the Christian connection with the whole area at nearby Ephesus, this really re-inforces the feeling.
And you can see the remains of one of the 7 Wonders of the Old World - by simply looking over the wall to see the remains of the Temple of Artemis.

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