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“A great stop”

Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist
Ranked #18 of 56 things to do in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

The Cathedral is in ruins, but what remains shows how large and gives a hint at its beauty. A guide can be useful as there are few markers to explain the significance of the parts of the structure.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

The site itself is still being investigated but what you can see now is well worth the visit. There are also wonderfull views of the surrounding countryside, including Isabey Mosque and the Temple of Artemis.

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

I've seen others who are disappointed at spending 8 YTL ($4) to view the ruins, but this is one of the few places you can see Greek, Roman, Byzantine and more modern ruins heaped on one another. Given the number of earthquakes that have hit the Selçuk / Ephesus area over the centuries, there's an understandable hodgepodge of "refuse" from various centuries used to rebuild and excavate the ruins. If you bypass the ruins, you might even get a chance to buy a few "coins" but not for 8 YTL :-)

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

This used to be a grand cathedral next to the citadel of Ephesus. Today it is quite a large site for a cathedral but doesn't come close to nearby Ephesus' ruins or various other sites in Turkey. The view is ok, but the ruins of the cathedral itself have little explanations and in my opinion are not worth the 8 TL they charge there (on the other hand, entering the separate restored houses in Ephesus for 15 TL is much more impressive because of the mosaics and especially the frescoes, while this place had practically none of either). When they re-open the citadel the pricing would probably be worth it, but currently I don't see a major reason to do there other than a religious one (and even then, there is very little that actually remains from St. John's tomb, the main attraction).

Thank L M
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

The ruins of the cathedral have been somewhat rebuilt, though there is still a lot of work to do. The site is simply beautiful, overlooking a valley (and a mosque a little way down the hill). We were fascinated by the engineering feats involved in building what the information sheets described as one of the largest cathedrals in the world (7th largest ever?). Worth seeing and imagining what it may have looked like at one time.

Thank K T
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