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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
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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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Remains of an Amazing Church and Reported Burial Place of John

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Izmir, Turkey
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Izmir, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Bialystok, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 !

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

On a warm day - this is a wonderful site to explore and behold. Quite a trek up to the top of the hill and into the fortress - but you are rewarded with stunning views. Site is still being developed and explored - but we liked it just the way it is now. A very worthy companion to nearby... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

While with the Basilica itself has been not well preserved, understanding who stayed there, the significance of their staying there it was very interesting. The altar as well as the baptismal fountain used by St. John in the chapel are still there and very impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This basilica is accepted by the Catholic Church as the burial place of Saint John. It is the remains of a large church with a well preserved baptismal font. The church lies between the castle at selcuk and the very old isa bey mosque. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This Church is up on a hill and the remains are a hint of the previous grandeur. There is a baptismal area in marble that is still intact and gives the visual message of the walking into the new faith. The view of the valley is magnificent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

This is ideal on a tour of ephesus. It won't take as long. It gives a good in site to the church and gives good views over the area. The castle closes at 1630 so we did not go in. It was cheap and we paid 10 TL. Well worth going to see. It can get very hot in summer... More 

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