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Selçuk, Turkey Practical information for Selçuk   page 3

Selcuk Tourist Information Office at My Favourite Planet

Selçuk Tourist Information Office, see details below.
on this page:
facts & figures addresses &
telephone numbers
area map
The nearby archaeological site of ancient Ephesus
has its own travel guide and photo gallery.
Detailed information about some of Selçuk's sights can
be found with the photos in our three photo galleries.
For information about Ephesus Archaeological Museum see page 4.
Facts & figures  

Selçuk, Selcuk (pronounced Selchuck)

In ancient times the area now occupied by the town was part of the city of Ephesus.

During the Christian Byzantine era it was known as Agios Theologos (Greek, Άγιος Θεολόγος) after the Basilica of Saint John the Theologian.

In the Seljuk and Ottoman periods Turks referred to it as Ayasoluk (Ayasluğ).

In 1914 the town was renamed Selçuk after the Seljuk Turks who settled in the area in the 12th century.

region: Aegean (Turkish, Ege Bölgesi)

province: İzmir

district: Selçuk


Selçuk is the main town of the Selçuk district,
in Turkey's Izmir Province.

The town is 5 km inland, east of the Aegean Sea;

3 km northeast of Ephesus archaeological site;

18 km northeast of the seaside resort Kuşadası;

and 75 km south of the provincial capital Izmir.


Selçuk and Ephesus lie on the flood plain on the silted-up mouth of the Küçük Menderes river (Small Maeander; known in ancient times as the Cayster; Greek, Κάυστρος, Kaystros). The plain is interspersed with hills, and bounded by low wooded mountains.

The mild climate and rich silt allow a variety of fruits and vegetables to be grown around the town. Horses and cattle are also bred here.

area: Selçuk district 279.85 square kilometres
(108.05 square miles)

population: 28,213 (2012); Selçuk district 34,587 (2012)

local time:

Eastern European Time (EET)

Daylight Saving Schedule:

Summer (from last Sunday in March)
GMT/UTC +3 hours

Winter (from last Sunday in October)
GMT/UTC +2 hours

dialling code: +90 232

post code: 35920

website: Selçuk Municipality website
with information in English

currency: Turkish Lira (TRY or TL)

climate: Mediterranean

language: Turkish
Further information for Turkey, including visa details,
can be found in our introduction to Turkey.
the national flag of Turkey

Selçuk coat of arms

coat of arms
photo galleries

Selcuk photo gallery 1 - town of Selcuk, Turkey

gallery 1
Selçuk town

Selcuk photo gallery 2 - Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkey

gallery 2
Ephesus Museum

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

gallery 3
Serbian dancers

The My Favourite Planet travel guide to Ephesus, Turkey


the nearby archaeological site
Addresses and telephone numbers  

Selçuk Tourist Information Office

Atatürk Mahallesi, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, Selçuk
(opposite the Ephesus Museum, see page 4)

Tel: (02 32) 892 63 28

Weekdays: 8:30-12:00 and 13:00-17:30
Weekends: 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

Free maps of Selçuk and Ephesus available.


Selçuk Municipality Office

Tel: (02 32) 892 69 25 / 892 69 11


Police Headquarters

Tel: (02 32) 892 60 04


Tel: (02 32) 892 70 36

A window of the Saadet Hatun Public Bath Museum, Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

A window of the Saadet Hatun Bath Museum.

A roadside sign advertising a carpet-weaving centre, Selcuk, Turkey at My Favourite Planet

A large roadside sign advertising one of the carpet-weaving centres around Selçuk.

Many guided tours include a visit to a carpet-weaving centre. Visitors are shown the various stages of traditional carpet production, from silk worm to finished product. It can be fascinating, but is not everybody's cup of tea, and some tourists complain that they feel obliged to buy, and that they would rather spend their time seeing more of Ephesus and Selçuk.  
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map of north-western Turkey and the Aegean area.

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Map, photos and articles: © David John,
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Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis

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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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