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The Citadel of Ayasoluk

Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #36 of 41 attractions in Selcuk
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: This 6th century Byzantine castle and its 15 towers were built with stones taken from buildings in Rome.
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Stavanger, Norway
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165 reviews 165 reviews
77 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We have been to Selcuk a few times, but always thought the fortress was closed. This time we visited the remains of St.John's church and also walked up to the citadel as the gate was open. The citadel was open and entrancefee must have been included in the 10TL paid to get into the church area. Several informative signposts (also... More

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Shanghai, China
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111 reviews 111 reviews
49 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

It's not a site, you can't go in, it's closed. You can still get up there. Some people in Selcuk will ask to take you there (they made a hole in the fence) and then ask for money afterwards.. You can go up there on your own, find the hole in the fence and go up. If you have a... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
83 attraction reviews
483 helpful votes 483 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

The citadel on the top of Ayasoluk Hill in the centre of Selcuk is currently closed to tourists, after a section of the battlements fell of some of them. This large fort was originally the Byzantine Fortress of John the Theologian. Below it is the Basilica of St John, which is also a noble ruin but which is supposed to... More

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Montreal
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

The castle is still closed... but it has a nice view from outside...

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

This site includes St. John's Basilica ruins and his tomb. It is in the city of Selcuk and easy to reach. What I found most intriguing is that artifacts were discovered there that date the site to much earlier - including the Mycenean era. It does not take long to visit, another bonus, as opposed to Ephesus or other ancient... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011 via mobile

The castle is indefinitely closed for restoration although it makes for a nice photo

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