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    fresh fish, market in selcuk
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  • house of virgin mary / Meryem ana evi
    house of virgin mary / Meryem ana evi
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    by Nada_S Updated Sep 24, 2013

    If you are staying at the turkish Aegean then make a day trip to Izmir. Its a wonderful city, not so hectic like Istanbul with good places for shopping. Of course the Kemeralti bazar is nice for shopping but i also can recommend Karşıyaka. Karşıyaka is located in the northwest of the city center of Izmir, on the north shore of the Gulf of Smyrna (İzmir Körfezi). you can go there by bus or by ferry from Konak.

    If you would book this by agency, its about 29€ per pers. incl. ferry.

    view to Izmir on the ferry to Karşıyaka Saat K��lesi
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    by Nada_S Written Sep 24, 2013

    Selçuk is a small town, 75 km away from Izmir. The former name of the place was Ayasoluk. Selçuk is the successor of the ancient settlement of Ephesus. On saturdays there market, where you can buy everything, from food till screws. You also should visit the Isabey mosque

    Sirince is a small community. The town with its 700 inhabitants is located about eight kilometers east of Selçuk and Ephesus at the end of the historic Oliventals. The inhabitants maily live from vineyards and orchards (olives, peaches, figs) and tourism. Şirince deemed authentic old "Greek village". In fact, the village picture hasnt change in the last hundred years. End of 2012 saw the village an influx of visitors, because some believed that after the end of the Mayan calendar, the world would perish, but that Şirince due to the veneration of Mary and "positive energy "spared the only place (besides Bugarach) would remain.

    Well, for me Sirince dont look like a greek village. There you can do some wine tasting. I am not a wine drinker at all, so for me it didnt taste like a good wine.

    You can go to Selcuk by dolmus or book this trip by agency (around 19€ / per pers. incl. lunch, leather and ceramic factory.)

    Sirince Isabey mosque in selcuk Isabey mosque market in selcuk fresh fish, market in selcuk
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    by Nada_S Written Sep 24, 2013

    Ephesus located in the countryside Ionia, was in ancient times one of the oldest, largest and most important greek cities of Asia Minor and home to the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), one of the seven wonders of the World. In ancient times the city was right on the sea, by sedimentation and climatic and seismic changes, the coastline shifted over time to the west, so that the remains of the city are several kilometers inland today. The ruins of Ephesus are now near Selcuk, about 70 km south of Izmir.

    The Virgin Mary (Turkish 'Meryem ana evi'). The house is the last house and allegedly in the sense the death house of Mary the mother of Jesus (Meryem ana) near the ancient city of Ephesus. The house is situated about 7 km from Selçuk away on Nightingale Mountain (Bulbul Dagi). 1896, Pope Leo XIII. Mary's house for pilgrimage. Many Muslims worship there, "the mother of the Prophet Isa ibn Maryam."

    We booked this trip by agency (54€/ per pers). Pick up was at 8.30 and we have been back around 17.00, incl. lunch and gold factory :-( (nobody need this)

    If you go there in summer, dont forget some bottle of water and sun lotion and wear comfortable shoes!

    golden statue of mary libary of Efes house of virgin mary / Meryem ana evi wall of hope
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    by Nada_S Written Sep 24, 2013

    Dönercibasi is located in Izmir, kemeraalti bazar, not so easy to find. Its local small restaurant where you can find good döner, dürüm,.... The service was excellent, friendly and super fast. its also popular on the natives.

    Favorite Dish: I had chicken dürüm + french fries+ coke + 1 bottle water and payed around 4€.

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