Selçuk is the central town of Selçuk district, İzmir Province in Turkey, 2 km (1.2 miles) northeast of ancient city Ephesus.
Its original Greek name, (Άγιος Θεολόγος) referred to John the Theologian. Under the Ottoman Empire, it was known as Ayasoluk (Ottoman Turkish: Ayasluğ). In 1914, it was renamed Selçuk after the Seljuk Turks who first led incursions into the region in the 12th century.
The Isa Bey Mosque on Ayasoluk Hill
It was a township in Kuşadası district till 1954 and Torbalı between 1954-1957. It finally became a district in 1957. Its neighbours are Torbalı from north, Tire from northeast, Germencik from east, Kuşadası from south, Aegean Sea from west and Menderes (formerly Cumaovası) from northwest.
Selçuk is one of the most visited touristic destinations within Turkey, known for its closeness to the ancient city of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Seljuk works of art. The 6th century Basilica of St. John the Apostle, which, some claim, is built on the site of the Apostle's tomb, is also inside the town. The old quarter of Selçuk retains much traditional Turkish culture.
Ayasoluk Hill dominates the surrounding area, with several historical buildings on its slopes, including the İsa Bey Mosque built by the Aydinoglu Turks in 1375, and the Grand Fortress.
Ephesus Beach(Turkish: Pamucak) is one of the longest beaches (12 km) in Turkey and hosts 5 large hotels.
The local Selçuk Ephesus Airport and Selçuk Training Center of the Turkish Aeronautical Association is only 3 kilometers away from Selçuk, offering piloting, parachuting, and microlight training. Parachute championships are held there every summer (usually late August).
The annual camel wrestling championship takes place at Selçuk-Pamucak (Ephesus Beach) in January, near Ephesus
See also 
Ephesus Beach Hotels 
- Hotel Ephesus Princess*****
- Aqua Fantasy Aquapark Hotel & SPA*****
- Sürmeli Ephesus Resort*****
- Richmond Ephesus Hotel*****
- Burc Club Hotel****
Twin cities 
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Coordinates: 37°57′N 27°22′E / 37.950°N 27.367°E