Top ChoiceFortress in Selçuk

Ayasuluk Fortress

Selçuk’s crowning achievement is accessed on the same ticket as the Basilica of St John, once the citadel's principal structure. Earlier and extensive excavations here, concluded in 1998 after a quarter century,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Selçuk

Ephesus Museum

An essential stop on every Ephesus itinerary, this small museum contains artefacts from the ancient city, including scales, jewellery and cosmetic boxes as well as coins, funerary goods and ancient statuary....

Church in Selçuk

Basilica of St John

Despite a century of restoration, the once-great basilica built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r 527–565) remains a skeleton of its former self. Nonetheless, it is an atmospheric site with excellent views, and...

Mosque in Selçuk

İsa Bey Camii

At the southern base of Ayasuluk Hill, this imposing mosque was built in a post-Seljuk/pre-Ottoman transitional style, when Selçuk was capital of the Aydın Emirate. An inscription in Arabic above the main...

Museum in Selçuk

Çamlık Steam Locomotive Museum

Trainspotters will delight in this open-air museum, in an attractively landscaped site, which has three-dozen rusting steam locomotives, some as old as the 1887 C-N2 Stephenson from the UK. Atatürk had his...

Ruins in Selçuk

Roman & Byzantine Aqueduct

Running eastward from the southern base of Ayasuluk Hill, the remains of this long and quite tall Roman and Byzantine aqueduct are festively adorned with the huge nests of migrating storks, who stand guard from...

Ruins in Selçuk

Temple of Artemis

In an empty field to the west of the centre, this lone reconstructed pillar is all that remains of the massive Temple of Artemis (or Artemision), built entirely from marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the...