Due to its proximity to the famous site of Ephesus, it can be tempting to treat Selcuk only as a stepping stone to those ruins. However, I think that the city is definitely worth some of your time, even if it is just a day. Unfortunately, the giant fortress that you see on Selcuk’s horizon is not one of them – it isn’t open to the public. Nevertheless, besides having a meal practically under a Byzantine era aqueduct, here are three interesting things to see in Selcuk:
Temple of Artemis
This Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was first built in the Bronze Age, rebuilt about 550BC after a flood, and then rebuilt a second time after a fire in 356BC. This fire was set by some fool named Herostratus. We know who it was because he set the fire and then told everyone about it. He was looking to have his name go down in history*. And it did – as the guy who burned down a temple and got tortured/executed for it. The temple was rebuilt but was then destroyed for the final time in 401 AD. I think by then people probably got the hint not to rebuild yet again… In 1869, the Temple of Artemis was rediscovered by an expedition sponsored by the British Museum. Today, all that is left marking its location is a single column which was put together from pieces of the long-gone temple.