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Selchuk and storks


Here in Russia, love and pigeons are accepted, and in Turkey - Selcuk and storks. Storks are the calling card of Selchuk, along with the grandiose ancient ruins of Ephesus.

Many people have probably heard about the ancient city of Ephesus, which was home to the legendary Temple of Artemis, known as one of the seven Wonders of the World, but few people know that it is located near the small Turkish town of Selçuk.

And that would be all right, picturesque hills and ancient antiquities, but Selchuk has an amazing attraction. Storks.

This is especially impressive if you go without a guidebook and information training. Nothing like that, Turkey, when suddenly this bird appears overhead. And then more and more, until it becomes clear that someone is visiting here... Because storks are local and they live here. On the ancient ruins. From April to September, these birds actively nest in the ruins of the ancient Roman aqueduct and the temple of Artemis, which even more than before increases surprise and delight.

The ruins in the photo are the heritage of the Romans, an ancient aqueduct. It fits very harmoniously into the urban surroundings, making this place unique and authentic.

The town of Selcuk is small and cozy. We had a snack in one of the local cafes, and for some reason the famous Turkish lentil soup merjimek chorbasy (mercimek corbasi) turned out to be the most delicious here! I can say that I made fun of comparing this dish in different cities of Turkey and, of course, it is difficult to spoil it, but in Selchuk it turned out to be the most delicious! I don't remember the name of the place, only that it was located on one of the main streets of the city overlooking the roadway.

The ruins of Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John, the Selchuk fortress, the Isa Bey mosque can be attributed to the tourist attractions of Selchuk. The city is also home to the Ephesus Museum and the Railway Museum with a chic display of antique models of steam locomotives. Also in the village there is the House of the Virgin Mary, where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary and St. John lived for a long time after the death of Jesus.

Special frames have been installed on the tops of the pillars of the former aqueduct so that storks can freely build their nests.

A modern neighborhood. When such a picture occurs, the past and the future organize an abstract knot that is difficult to discern.

Hookah with camel, drum, Turkish souvenirs - Selcuk is hospitable.

And as travelers, it's time for us to hit the road. The next point on the route is Kusadasi.


March 18, 2024 04:35 am



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