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About Şirince

Şirince is a village of 600 inhabitants in İzmir Province, Turkey, located about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) east of the town Selçuk. Şirince was settled when Ephesus was abandoned in the 15th century but most of what one sees today dates from the 19th century. There is a story that the village was settled by freed Greek slaves who named the village Çirkince (meaning “Ugly” in Turkish) to deter others from following them.

The village’s name was changed to Şirince (meaning “Pleasant”) in 1926 by the governor of Izmir Province. Şirince acquired world-wide fame when tourists flocked to the village in December 2012 to witness the Mayan Apocalypse, as New Age mystics believed its “positive energy” would aid in weathering the catastrophe, during the 2012 phenomenon.


The ancient city of Ephesus Selcuk town of İzmir province within the borders of the first establishment goes back to 6000 b.c., referred to as the Neolithic period Polished Stone age go down

In recent years, researches and excavations in Ephesus and Ayasuluk Hill where the castle around the prehistoric Bronze ages in the placements and the Hill belongs to the Hittites and placements.

Ephesus Museum

Archaeological research at Ephesus, on behalf of the Turkish Ministry of culture, which is responsible for the regulation, control and protection of the Ephesus Museum, located in the immediate vicinity of Ephesus and the Mycenaean, archaic, classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods, in addition to the works of important cultural activities and visitor capacity is one of the most important museums in Turkey.

The first archaeological excavations in Ephesus was established in 1929 after the warehouse function in the construction of a new section in 1964 with expanding the Ephesus Museum in subsequent years, the exhibition has evolved with changes and adds new.

The works of the ancient city of Ephesus Museum is a museum exhibiting mainly due to the fact that instead of a chronological and typological merchandising according to periodical works finds have been preferred. Accordingly, the Hillside houses and halls House Finds Room, coins and Grave finds from the Treasury Department, Hall, Artemisi Hall, the Emperor Cults Hall. That the archaelogical Museum, as well as various works of architecture and sculpture, the inner and middle gardens, Garden décor, as exhibited in and compatible. Two of the largest statue of Artemis, Eros head, Dolphin and Eros statuette, Socrates, are some of the works of the world-famous famous Ephesus Museum.

Museum of Ephesus in Ephesus and Selçuk Museum, newly opened to visit parts of the result of the new regulations;

1-Middle garden adjacent to the Museum and the bathhouse Section: Arasta, the Museum with the integrity of the old Turkish towns forming section holds a variety of crafts and Commerce face to disappear as a live isplay. Depending on the regional agriculture holds an important place in the grain grinding system (mills) and the development of different types; copper and bead for averting the construction; In old Turkish Turkish tents where the chapter structure and 16. century Ottoman steam bath is restored and the exhibition area.

2-the back street in Ephesus Museum Ayasuluk library: an old Turkish structure (14th century) has been restored by the Museum and the area is a small library that can read daily newspapers or a book of the function

3-Ancient Ephesus Museum down for the visually impaired in the Agora, the restoration of one of the shops was transformed into a Museum of blind people can travel. This museum, which consists of the two parts of the copy and the original artifacts are on display.

Cultural and Educational Activities

As usual the Ephesus Museum museology and archaeology around the County for the parallel activities of cultural and educational activities. These activities;

Conferences: the archaeology of Ephesus and environmental topics discussed mainly ongoing conferences are held.

Exhibitions: Ephesus Museum of painting and sculpture at the art gallery, and a variety of crafts in the contemporary works of art are continuously on display, in this way, the connection between the ancient and contemporary works of art and 21. a collection of contemporary works of art that can be transferred to the 21st century.

Seminars: Ephesus Museum each year by old conservation, especially the children of Ephesus and ancient civilizations for training seminars on issues;from time to time the Ministry of culture and organized training courses for all museum professionals and Turkey museums around the excavation results of meetings are held.

The House of the Virgin Mary

Mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary in Selcuk, İzmir Bülbüldağı ‘s last years St. Jean (John) believed that she had with the Church.Is a place of pilgrimage for Christians.
Mary’s tomb was also considered in Bülbüldağı.

The upper gate of the ancient city of Ephesus, passing around the exit of the Virgin Mary at the site, a small Byzantine Church. Here, Jesus Christ’s mother Mary was alive and dead. Christians are also considered sacred and visit with Muslim, heal the sick, sacrifices, and Abbas. The Church of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus in 431 Ecumenical Council gathered to take the name of Jesus as son of God, the Virgin Mary’s birthing process may depend on the decision.


Once the capital of the province of Lydia Yuba City of Aphrodisias is 38 miles south of San Diego, near the village of Geyre. In ancient times, as it is now engaging in marble from Aphrodisias structures there is no doubt that in the middle of the Valley of the almond, pomegranate and rich crops of Dadaloz poplar trees appearing in Aphrodisias. The richness of the cultural and political importance of the structures of the city’s size and grandeur was obvious. The name Aphrodisias is the goddess of beauty, love, nature and abundance comes from one of the most famous temples and the Aprodile.But this is not the actual name. According to the historian Stephanos Lelegianlar also known as Lelgonopolis as the first was found by and. Then the name of the city to the King of the Megalopolis and then converted to Assria after Ninoe Ninos. It can withstand the city’s historic bronze age and since before 3000 BC CHALCOLITHIC culture with clear evidence.Aphrodisias is the name used in the Hellenistic era began after 3,000 Bc.Spread of Christianity with the Byzantines, and Aphrodisias in Christianity as a religion adapted to the status of the city be degrees of a major change.Worship Center Aphrodite’s importance declined. Aphrodite and Aphrodisias in the end all the inscriptions has been deleted. Efforts have been made to the city’s name, Stauropolis Crusader City translation. But the public preferred to use the Caria.

Ephesus The Fountain Of Trajan

It is one of the most important remains of the ancient city of Ephesus the fountain of Trajan. Located in the ancient city of Ephesus the fountain of Trajan, Hadrian’s temple, just ahead of a two-story structure.

The fountain is a large pool and fenced by three, the water flows in a statue of Emperor Trajan. Not only were the Emperor’s statue in the fountain of Trajan, many sculptures. Most of the statues are on display at the Ephesus Museum today.

The remains of the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the outstanding Kuretler Street. This old settlement area will take you to a different time zone, remains important

Double Churches

İzmir-Selçuk’s history, accompanied by the spirit of Double churches, the presence of continuing for centuries. Located in the ancient city of Ephesus, the Church is also known as double Churches Council.

As a result of the research of this Church In World War II. century during the Roman period was estimated. This corresponds to the period of Emperor Hadrian the estimated time.

The Council is made of the meetings of the Church Council here called reason. The Virgin Mary is the mother of God, 431. The Council has accepted.The first is a double three-nave Churches of the period, in later years is as much as a five-nave.

St. John’s Church

İzmir-Selçuk constantly visited by tourists in the ancient city of Ephesus is one of the most splendid buildings of St John’s Church

The remains of the Byzantine-era Church of St. John, which is one of the prominent disciples of Jesus in the name of St. John’s was built. St. John, from Jerusalem to his continued here when they get fired. During your stay in one of the hotels in İzmir, recently visited the ancient city of Ephesus and the witness of this beautiful and majestic structure. The Church, on the southern slope of the castle remains

Ayasuluk Hill

It is a historical and natural beauties of İzmir. For summer holidays in addition to being among the most preferred cities, tourists visited the historic ruins by the.

İzmir-Selcuk is located in the ancient city of Ephesus was investigated at all the historical information that will be an important trip to your area, Ayasuluk.Ayasuluk Hill in archaeological excavations, the first settlement area of Ephesus at this point.