Selcuk is only 3km from the world famous ruined city of Ephesus, where once stood one of the Seven Wonders of The World (The Temple of Artemis). Sadly, only a single column remains today so I didn't take a photo (even though I do like columns, as you all know).
It is also believed to be the site where John wrote the 4th Gospel and where the Virgin Mary died, so it's a place of pilgrimage for Christians.
The town itself is nothing special but it's surprisingly laid back when compared to somewhere like Agra (Taj Mahal) in India.
Slightly kitsch weddings happen...
...and men spend all afternoon playing games and drinking tea.
Never seen that game before. Backgammon and dominoes are very popular too.
|Ephesus Main Street|
Maybe all visitors should be made to wear togas.
My favourite building was The Library of Celsus with its statues representing Wisdom, Knowledge, Virtue and Justice.
|The Library of Celsus|
|Sophia - Wisdom|
|Arete - Virtue|
I later read that the statues were only copies and the originals are in Vienna - which makes a change from London.
|Ennoia - "Is this Justice?" "No, just a simulacrum."|
I paid an additional fee to see the Museum of Terraced Houses. Luckily, the additional fee keeps the number of visitors down. Nine houses have been excavated from a hillside and are protected from the elements by a NASA style high-tech enclosure. Walkways take you up above the houses and allow you to look down into them.
None had external windwows, all light came from internal courtyards.
The floor mosiacs and psychedelic 'wallpapers' were great.
|Was Dennis Hopper your decorator?|
But overall I have to say that Ephesus was a bit disappointing for me.
Too many people, too many hawkers and not enough cats.
|Some, but not enough|