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The Basilica of Saint John

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Address: Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey

This monumental basilica was built in the 4th century in the burial place...

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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History again

The place is well preserved and it is always good to go with a guide to explain all the details of this incredible piece of History. Great views.

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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is well preserved and it is always good to go with a guide to explain all the details of this incredible piece of History. Great views.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This site was of moderate interest. However, the best part of this site is the context it gives geographically for the ruins of Ephesus. There is a really cool topographical map at the site helped me understand the silting of the bay and how it changed the area.

Thank Phillip D
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance fee is 10 turkish lira but it covers both st john's basilica and ayasoluk castle, which is located further up from st john's basilica. An enriching visit where u get to pick up some knowledge on both history and christianity. The view from the castle is simply breathtaking.

Thank Iman S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must see for visitors to the town of Selcuk . Walk up the hill past storks on lampposts to the impressive entrance gate, fairly well signposted paths lead to the castle (which was only opened to the public a couple of years ago). A medium level climb to the top of the castle and rewards you with the most... More 

Thank Gerry A
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This site is located near centre of Selcuk and isn't far from our hotels we stayed at with RSD Travel. The site was much bigger than anticipated, thought it would be a church but much larger than you expect. Excellent history and guide gave us all the relevant details. A very pretty location and views of surrounding area. We went... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This site does not attract as many tourists as Ephesus. It was once an incredible church--see the model of it at the top of the site in the direction of the castle. In the background is the Selcuk Castle.

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Jerusalem District, Israel
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

When you underdtand what you are looking at then the olace makes lots of sense. I am very familiar with ancient Byzantine churches so i understood the laid out of the building otherwise it will be just stones. Once again I wish they can give written information about the place.

Thank Marcos Enrique R
Bialystok, Poland
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

It is known as one of the holy seven churches ! It is believed that the Apostle St. John came to Ephesus and worked there to spread Christianity ! He died in Ephesus and it is believed that his burial place is in the basilica !

Thank Mert U
Cranbrook, Canada
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

It was heart touching to see the place, the tomb of John, and how the church was built around it, not very crowded.

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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Have to use a lot of imagination to enjoy what ruins are left of this place. Only interesting because Constantine ans then later Justinian built churches here and because John was around the area.

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