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Address: Efes Selcuk Merkez, Selcuk, Turkey
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Super impressive, major renovations under way.

It is a notable fortress and the info boards along with Wikipedia filling in the gaps will tell you all you need to know. Once again the Turkish government is putting a lot of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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139 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

It is a notable fortress and the info boards along with Wikipedia filling in the gaps will tell you all you need to know. Once again the Turkish government is putting a lot of lire into renovations and this magnificent structure will be even more impressive in the future. As it is, you can walk a lot of it, but... More 

Thank wazza2222
Islamabad, Pakistan
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57 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I was unfortunate that I could not enter the castle because it closes at 3pm but the structure is impressive even from outside. The hill gives you a panoramic view of the town and the ambience is so relaxing. Be sure to visit in the second half of the day to avoid the crowds.

Thank Furqan84
Sydney Australia
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922 reviews
568 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

I love a good castle and have been lucky to visit many over 30+ years but owing to being on a Bus Tour I only got to admire from afar ! When we first saw the castle on the way to Epheus I thought you beauty , it looks great but no !! We visited a carpet warehouse instead !!!... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Selcuk is a fabulous place. A place where you will find borat, donkeys, a fabulous market full of inbreds and in da sky a magnificent castle. Now go towards the castle and you will see a turnstile and the stairway to heaven. 10lira cheaper than chips. Now enter a fortress full of ruins and work in progress by the turkish... More 

Thank maxmuzzano
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Located just a few minutes walk from the town center. The castle is part of the ticket to St John's Basilica tour, but if you purchase the ticket from the Museum you can get a cheaper triple-combo ticket for all three attractions. Most of the castle has been restored, and currently the cisterns and some of the walls are closed... More 

Thank ParadiseRabaul
Ankara, Turkey
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Once your visit to St. John's Basilica is complete, continue through the grounds through the metal gate and head toward the castle (sometimes called Ayasoluk Citadel or Fortress). Restoration continues inside the already-completed exterior walls; there is no access to those exterior walls, though, for viewing the surrounding hillsides and the city of Selçuk. The interior is mostly rocks and... More 

Thank soundlyread
SF, California
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1,357 reviews
975 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 559 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The site is open however you can not access the walls to get the best available views. If you got the combo ticket to St John's Basilica than it is worth the climb up the hill for the views that are available.

Thank seafare74
Pretoria, South Africa
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Nice add-on to St John's Basilica tour - on the same ticket. Interesting to see the commanding view from the top of the hill too.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Worth a look especially if visiting the other historical sites in Selcuk. The castle is recently restored. There's not a Hugh amount too see and the walls are out of bounds. You can wonder to the top of the hill though. Once they have finished rebuilding the site it looks like created access will be granted to visitors.

Thank james s
Wilton, California
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1,052 reviews
477 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 630 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We thought the two sites were separate, but we bought our ticket at the Ephesus Museum for 15 Turkish Lyre for all three. Clearly on the ticket it shows that covers the museum, Basilica and Citadel. Quite a value! Go very early if it's hot and high season as the cruise ship's excursions come early and really clutter the site.... More 

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