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This monumental basilica was built in the 4th century in the burial place of Saint John the Divine. It was designed in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes.
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Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this site pales in comparison to Ephesus just down the road, it is still worth visiting. Even if you just go to visit the tomb of St John (St Jean).

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Basically ruins plus castle visit I think it was 18 lire We lived 2 minutes away so we went Nice view from the top

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was neat to tour because of it's history and age. The burial of John is there, although not assured, it still gives you a closeness to one of the disciples.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see and explore site. It has great history. Good views of the surrounding area. Thought provoking

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank HapyGuy7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Diana A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ruthiebrewin
Reviewed 24 August 2019

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

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Greyheim
Reviewed 22 August 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2019
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Oanh N
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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
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m arianne m
24 July 2015|
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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
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