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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 35920, Turkey
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This basilica was supposedly built over the tomb of St. John. Its in pretty bad ruinous state right now but was once immense as can be seen by the foundations, columns and a small wall section that remains.

5  Thank RichardK938
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Came here not expecting much and it didn't surprise me. Didn't really compare to Ephesus. Note: there was a guy trying to sell me 'roman coins' that he dug up. These are 100% fake. He's a great story teller though - about running off to...More

4  Thank 93dcheng
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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

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

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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

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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.

1  Thank dellila
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The history here is mind bogling, the architecture and engineering for the times is incredible. The surounding area is beautiful

1  Thank jolen6
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

A very interesting ruined Basilica, with the Tomb of Saint John Worth a visit if visiting Ephesus, it is an important part in the history of Christianity.

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Reviewed 26 August 2018

This was a remarkable place. The History Professor told us the history of the site and area - the entrance / exit areas were all in line with the other church denominations. He explained that this was a normal thing at that time because Church...More

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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
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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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