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Completes the picture of early Christian life after the start of the persecution. Mary's house on top of the mountain overlooking efes where St Paul with St John converted 120000 in a 3 day weekend and the basicillica where John lays entombed
As a Christian, I found this to be quite humbling and was literally moved to tears thinking about the spiritual significance and importance of John. I was there when very few people were which made the visit even more meaningful!
If you go and visit Ephesus city , The last refuge of the Virgin , you also must see the tomb of St.John. He is one of the apostles that loved Jesus without condition and more than everything. At a certain point it is known...More
What a find! We spent an amazing time here. Lots of good photography to be had in this ancient place. Low cost entrance fee and a live cafe on site too. Citadel climb is also a must for great views and a real sense of...More
The Basilica is an amazing sight overlooking a gorgeous fertile valley of green. The early Christian connection was astounding. Interestingly, much of the building material for the basilica came from Ephesus which is just a short walk away. The actual tomb of St. John is...More
It’s a beautiful open air museum and don’t expect a church. There are some trees where you can have a shade to rest but mostly under the sun so better to have a hat or an umbrella. You can continue the walk to go to...More
Response from E4028GKmikem | Reviewed this property |
Not enough information. Which island are you stopping at, and for how long will you be able to go ashore? If you're stopping in at Samos, it's about half an hour by road from Kusadasi on the Turkish mainland to the Basilica... More
Not enough information. Which island are you stopping at, and for how long will you be able to go ashore? If you're stopping in at Samos, it's about half an hour by road from Kusadasi on the Turkish mainland to the Basilica, and another 15 minutes or so to the Mary house. But you have to get to Kusadasi first. If you have a day free, it'll still be a tight schedule - and you'll still miss seeing Ephesus itself.
Response from Australiangroup | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Selcuk and went for our early morning walk after arriving around mid-night. We were thrilled to find the ruins of the "church" of St John and even more thrilled to stand in the baptism place. I know there are... More
We stayed in Selcuk and went for our early morning walk after arriving around mid-night. We were thrilled to find the ruins of the "church" of St John and even more thrilled to stand in the baptism place. I know there are differences in Basilicas and Cathedrals so not really sure what its classified as. Regarding Mary's House - we actually had a local guy who was a friend of a friend living in Turkey, and he took us to Mary's House.....a very modest 2 room dwelling that had obviously been rebuilt. There was a Mass being said outside in English and it seemed very surreal with the armed Turkish soldiers all around. This "house" though was set amongst hills and seemed to be quite a way from any other housing areas. i was taken with this as it certainly was remote - and very very peaceful! I think there seems to be some confusion about Mary's Church - and Mary's house here!