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The Basilica of Saint John

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 of Saint John the Divine. It was designed in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes.
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Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This site would have been spectacular in its full glory and what remains still standing is awesome. It's 10TL to get in and very worth it. The model of what this used to look like is amazing!!! I wish they could put everything back together....More

Thank Hailsk2411
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a guide here and she was able to tell us important information about this Basilica and area. We found it very interesting. It is all out in the open so take water and wear a hat if you want shade. You can see...More

Thank Nicole J
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This place is located in the centre of the city. It has many arches and pillars. It is under renovation with a nice garden nearby.

Thank Abu_Firas_11
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We were staying at the quirky and excellent Bella Hotel, from where you could see the Basilica of Saint John. Highly recommended site, and amazing to walk through the history of the site, as well as the tomb of St John. It's an incredible site...More

Thank guy1067
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We loved this archaeological religious site and the history that goes with it. If you're visiting Ephesus, you should definitely visit this site as well.

Thank Whitechris1
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

This site is certainly worth a visit as it is not only the location of the Church of St John(presumed to be where he was berried) but the site of Ephesus 1, dating back to the Amazons. From here you see the temple of Artemis...More

Thank craigseaman
Reviewed 27 May 2017

But it is better to go around May or September when the weather is cooler and the place less crowded, especially if you really want to sit down for a while and pray in silence. Across the basilica, there are various shops who try to...More

Thank Eylül Ç
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A Basilica that was built in the 6th century by Justinian the first to cover the burial site of St John the baptist. Unfortunately not much of the basilica is left standing. There is a roped off area where apparently St John is buried. The...More

Thank Rodman100
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

As the hotel we stayed in was at the bottom with a tremendous view up to the castle/basilica, it would have been rude not to visit. The entrance fee was 10tl per adult and we'll worth the charge. Once again if you're not too sure...More

Thank Gussy1dog
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

The Basilica of St. John is a wonderfully evocative site. It takes effort to imagine the huge Byzantine church that once stood here, but it is great fun doing so. Entrance to the site also includes entrance to the newly reopened and equally splendid Ayasuluk...More

Thank john8tea
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Oanh N
31 October 2015|
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Response from Mike M | 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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