Selçuk – the Castle and the Goddess

12/8 – Selçuk is a small town with a lot of history. Just past St John’s Church is a castle fortress at the top of the hill, built in the 6th century, also being restored.

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The views down the mountainside were beautiful.

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Walking down the hill, we came across the ancient Isa Bey Public Baths .

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We were on our way to see the one standing column of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This site is where artifacts were found from the 14th century BCE. Sure enough, there is only one column standing from this Ancient Greek temple, and the column has been reassembled from bits that don’t look like they really belong together:

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Behind the column, you can see the Isa Bey Mosque, the Church of St. John, and the Castle, all in one shot.

Here are two statues of Artemis from the Selçuk Museum. Those are bull testicles hanging around her neck:image

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Couldn’t resist the classic tourist snap!
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