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Selçuk

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By train
'''Selçuk''' is a an inland town in [[Central Aegean|Central]] [[Aegean Turkey]]. ==Understand==South of [[Izmir]] and just east of the coastal town of [[Kusadasi|Kuşadası]], Selçuk is visited mostly because of its close proximity to the ruins of the Roman city of [[Ephesus]]—some of the best preserved in the country—and the services the town has to offer, although the town centre itself has some historical sights to spend some time at.
==Get in==
===By plane===
Although there is a small airport in Selçuk, it is only open for private planes. So the nearest option for commercial flights is '''Adnan Menderes Airport''' in [[Izmir]], which lies 55 km north of Selçuk.
To get inFrom the airport, you have two options for getting to Selçuk: you can either take trains which call at the train, which is slower but more economical station directly on the airport grounds (*As on 09 October 2009, this service still suspended4 TL), or the bus and which connect airport with Selçuk and points south six times daily (dolmussee "By train" below for a timetable) from [[Izmir]]. In Be warned that the otogartrain can be very packed, though, which is located in so be ready for the center possibility of the village, you can easily go not being able to [[Izmir]], [[Pamukkale]] and other places of Turkey. If you come from Pamukkale, you can take a 20 YTL bus in town easily. They serve with drinks and snacks as wellget on.
=== By plane ===There A quicker but more expensive option is to take a ''dolmuş'', which is more like a big van rather than a bus. They depart from ''Selçuk – Ephesus Otogar'', which lies 2 km away from the airport (a small taxi ride from the airport there costs 10 TL). This ''otogar'' is not of the bus station type found in the rest of the country—it's just a bus stop with some benches. Take the mini van signed ''Selçuk – Ephesus'' on its front. Ask around if someone in Selcuk but it charge is only for private planesnearby. Use [[Izmir]] AirportFrom here, it is only 55 Km a ride to SelcukSelçuk costs 7 TL, and takes around an hour. The van will stop in many stops along the way, including some remote areas, and just stay on till the very end.
=== Atlas Jet which has direct flights ti Izmir Airport ===from Istanbul and other cities, provides a free shuttle bus service to Selcuk and back.
From ===By train===It's possible to take trains [http://www.tcdd.gov.tr/Upload/Files/ContentFiles/2010/bolgesel/basmanesokeaydin.htm] from [[Izmir ]]'s Basmane Station six times daily (at 08:10AM, 10:25AM, 2:25PM, 3:30PM, 5:40PM, and 7:10PM), which call at the airport you have two options. You can take the bus therestation about 20 minutes later, but the terminal and arrive at Selçuk station about an hour and half after their initial departure (Selçuk is not located in the airporttheir last station, though, so be sure not to miss it). You can take a taxi (10 lira) to the Selcuk Otogar Stationalso see from [http://travelselcuk. At the taxi tell them you want com/how-to go to Selcuk - Ephesus Otogar. Its about 2km awayarrive-selcuk]Train schedule [[Aydın]].
At ===By bus===There are also ''dolmuş''es from the stationcity of [[Izmir]] itself, as well as buses from [[Pamukkale]], which really isn't a station you will see a bus stop cost 20 TL and serve drinks and some benches. You want to get on the bus (in reality its like a big van) to Selcuk -Ephesus. This sign should be on the front of snacks along the mini van. Ask around as there is one person in charge who can help you. From here, it is 7 lira to get to Selcuk's bus stationway.
The ride will take roughly one hour. It will stop local ''otogar'' of Selçuk is located in many stops along the way (some in some remote areas), and just stay on till center of the very endvillage.
Option two: Go by trainIt is possible to take an overnight bus that departs from Istanbul at midnight and arrives here at approx.From the airport there is normally 8 a connecting train station. As m. This service is run by Varan bus lines and costs 70 TL as of January 2010, there are 4 trains per day connecting Izmir Airport to Ephesus/ Selcuk and points souththe summer of 2011.
==Get around==
There are mini-buses (dolmus) to [[SirinceŞirince]] and [[Ephesus]]. To go to the House of Mary you may need to take a taxi .
Rented motorbikes or scooters can be a fun way to discover the surroundings of SelcukSelçuk. If you rent a bike note that both [[SirinceŞirince]] and the House of Mary are up in the hills.
==See==
{{infobox|Legend of the Seven Sleepers|The outline of the story is that during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Decius, around 250 AD, seven young men were accused of Christianity. They were given some time to recant their faith, but instead gave their worldly goods to the poor and retired to a mountain to pray, where they fell asleep. The emperor, seeing that their attitude towards paganism had not improved, ordered the mouth of the cave to be sealed.Decius died in 251 and many years passed during which Christianity went from being persecuted to being the major religion of the Roman Empire. At some later time — usually, during the reign of Theodosius II (408 - 450) — the landowner decided to open up the sealed mouth of the cave, thinking to use it as a cattle pen. He opened it and found the sleepers inside. They awoke, imagining that they had slept but one day. One of their number returned to Ephesus. He was astounded to find buildings with crosses attached; the townspeople were astounded to find a man trying to spend old coins from the reign of Decius. The bishop was summoned to interview the sleepers; they told him their miracle story, and died praising God.}}
Selcuk is a good starting place for many excursions and visits in the area.
* A major attraction is the Roman city of '''[[Ephesus]]''' which is located only 4km away from the center of the village. Entrance fee cost 20 25 TL per person.
* The promenade will also take you to the The '''Temple of Artemis''' (Artemision). Although it was one of the "Seven Wonders" of the Ancient world, nowadays only a column is left.
* On the way there one can also visit the '''Cave of the Seven Sleepers''' where (see the [[:Wikipedia:Seven_Sleepers|legend of the Seven Sleepers]] took placeinfobox at right).* The picturesque village of '''[[Sirince|Şirince]]''' is located 9km east to Selcuk up in the hills. It offers wonderful views among olive and peach treesas well as several excellent country hotels.
* '''House of the Virgin Mary''' (''Meryem Ana Evi''), 10 km south on the hills is claimed to have been the house where Virgin Mary spend her last days in Ephesus. The Vatican declared this place as an official Catholic pilgrimage site.
* '''Pamucak''' beach
* The '''Byzantine citadel''' and the remains of '''St. John Basilica'''.
* The '''Aqueduct'''.
* The '''Museum of Ephesus'''. Contains objects found in the [[Ephesus]] excavation at the site. 8TL admission.
==Do==
A day trip to [[SirinceŞirince]] (8km out of SelcukSelçuk). Nestled in the hills, small little village, narrow winding streets, great wines and lots of small cosy wine bars to try them all out in. Beware staying there though as accommodation is ''very'' expensive (90euro)??
==Buy==
*<buy name="Double Knot Carpets" alt="" address="Corner of Cangiz Topel Cad and Namik Kemal Cad" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Run by 20-something locals, this carpet shop is a great place to find a carpet for cheap (prices start under 100 Euro) or just to have a cup of tea. Unlike the shops of Istanbul, the shopkeepers won't pressure you into buying anything, and are glad to offer recommendations on local restaurants and bars or just have a chat.</buy>
Mehmet and Alibaba's carpet shop, right next to the Ephesus Museum. Here, at this family run business, you will find high-quality carpets at good prices with personable sales people - no pressure here. İf you get hungry from the all the thinking over which carpet(s) are the best for you, the family also owns a restaurant next door.
==Eat==
* '''amazon cafe bistroAmazon Cafe Bistro'''  
* <eat name="Ejder Restaurant" alt="" address="Cengiz Topel Cad. no.9 E PTT Karsisi" directions="in the centre of the town" phone="+90 232 8923296" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Very friendly place with homemade vegetarian food. Delicious.</eat>
*<eat name="Nomadic Art GalleryMehmet and Ali Baba Kebab House" alt="" address="Ataturk mah. 1047 Sok. no: 4" directions="Next door to Rumelijust across the road from the otogar" phone="+90 537 469 47 04232 892 3872" url="[email protected]www.kebabhouseselcuk.com" hours="" price="5TL-15TL" lat="" long="">Speak to the honest Cheap, big portions and very tasty Turkish Kebabs, Mezes and knowledgable Enis about getting a high quality rug at real prices- not like over inflated Istanbuldesserts. They boys are really friendly Also complimentary tea and there is never any pressure to buy a rug - just sit and chat if you want! they serve beer.</eat> 
==Drink==
 
 
*<drink name="Dolphin Bar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is a really cool place. Talip is a great guy & the beer is good.</drink>
* <drink name="Pink Bistro Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Ask Mesut the bartender to show you some magic tricks and you'll be entertained for hours. And try some of Simone's famous ''çay''!</drink>* <eat name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
*<drink name="Rumeli" alt="" address="25 Ataturk Mah Cengiz Topel Cadessi." directions="" phone="0 232 892 16 93" url="" hours="24" price="cheap!" lat="" long="">A fantastic 24 hour restaurant serving traditional Turkish food, normally for Turkish people. It isn't in any guide books as the owner relies on a heavy after midnight trade of locals - but it is a must see. Different corners are assigned different specialities, soup corner, vegeterian corner, etc. The mushroom pide is especially good!</drink>
==Sleep==
Please remember that all free shuttles arranged by various hotels usually include a visit to a carpet or Turkish delight shop that pay commission to cover the costs of the transport.
*'''Urkmez hotel''' [http://www.urkmezhotel.com] Namik Kemal Cad. 20 ''+90'' 0232 892 6312. The Ürkmez Hotel is run by the multi-lingual Ozkan Brothers (English, German, Spanish). All rooms are newly decorated and comes with orthopaedic mattresses and most have A/C and private balconies. Starting from 11€p.p incl. breakfast buffet on the roof terrace.
*<sleep name="Bella Hotel" alt="" address="Ataturk Mah. St. John Street No:7 Selcuk" directions="200m from Otogar" phone="+90 232 892 3944 " url="http://www.hotelbella.com/selcuk_hotels/index.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Small family run hotel with wonderful ceramic and carpet / textile decorations. Very convenient location. Excellent dinner on the roof terrace. Free transport to and from Ephesus. Fax: 0090 232 892 0344 Email: [email protected] </sleep>
*<sleep name="Atilla’s Getaway" alt="" address="[email protected]" directions="2km from Selcuk centre in the village of Acarlar" phone="+90 (232) 892 3847" url="http://www.atillasgetaway" checkin="" checkout="" price="10 12 Euro" lat="" long="">Has a spring water swimming pool surrounded by fruit trees and gardens. Free shuttle buses to Selçuk/Ephesus, as well as free pick up from Kuşadasi Ferry Port.</sleep>
==Get out==
* [[Izmir]] - enroute to [[Istanbul]]* [[Denizli]] - enroute to [[Pamukkale]] and [[Antalya]]* [[Bodrum]] - seaside route to [[Marmaris]] and [[Fethiye]]* [[Aphrodisias]] — To go by public transport, catch a bus to Nazilli to arrive as early in the morning as possible. There's plenty of bus traffic along the highway between Izmir, Aydin and Denizli all day long. From Nazilli, catch a minibus to Karacasu—they leave about every 30 minutes, and are especially reliable in the morning. From Karacasu there are several minibuses a day to Aphrodisias, leaving about every 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  
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