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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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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.

Thank JPratas
Reviewed 7 April 2017 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...More

Thank Phillip D
Reviewed 6 April 2017 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...More

Thank Iman S
Reviewed 28 March 2017 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...More

Thank Gerry A
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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
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