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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.
Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located near the ancient Ephesus ruins, a city of Selçuk hosts this beautiful church on a hill where St. John spent rest of his life and probably wrote the Gospel. The ruins cover vast area and are adjacent to the Ottoman citadel, which offers perfect...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank muctraveller12
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

We visited stains johns basilica on a Sunday morning. Just paid our entrance fee and the heavens opened. But being true brits what’s a bit of rain we thought. As we look at the vast array of ruins n tombs and buildings or part buildings....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pt_barker
Reviewed 3 December 2018

A near walk from our boutique hotel, it was worth visiting and you can actually see the Temple of Artemis last column standing and the mosque from here too!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank wleo51
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Very easy to get to, almost in the centre of Selcuk town so a short walk from just about any accomodation you'd be staying in. Costs a few lira nowadays to get in, but very cheap. There's some explanatory signs around that are well worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank DavidfromOz
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Located in Selcuk. Relatively cheap (15tl). Not crowded, especially in the evening what is strange. This is one of the highest points in Selcuk with excellent panorama and well preserved ruins. Artemis temple is clearly visible from there as well as city and valley. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Olga V
Reviewed 15 October 2018

We walked to this from our hotel, Ayasoluk Boutique, two minutes! Stunning views and what a building this must have been when complete. Another winner for us of historic interest & design.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rowena M
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Very groovy site to visit. Enjoyed taking my time exploring nooks and crannies. Wasn't crowded either. Wandered alone for the most part which gave ample time for prayer and reflection. Care seems to be taken in the maintenance of the site. Be wary of 'ancient...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dunanam
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Devoted to St John of the Gospel fame. He allegedly settled here after Jesus’ persecution and died here. His grave was apparently plundered by the Catholics during their iconoclastic period. In ruins but under restoration, you can climb to Ayasoluk castle through here

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 839SaraH839
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Not as well known as Ephesus but very interesting and important history. Lots of restoration work being done so well worth visiting again even if you’ve been before. See the place where St John wrote his gospel and ended his days. If you love history...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Choochoochaboogie
Reviewed 20 September 2018

visited as this is just cross the hotel I stayed. near to the town, nice architecture. spend 1hour here imagining the past civilization.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Oanh N
31 October 2015|
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Response from E4028GKmikem | 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