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The Basilica of Saint John

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Address: 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...

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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St. John's tomb?

Local legend has it that St. John was buried here and the basilica constructed around it. Interesting spot to visit. Annoying men trying to sell us "antique coins" etc...worth... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Huntington, New York

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Huntington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Local legend has it that St. John was buried here and the basilica constructed around it. Interesting spot to visit. Annoying men trying to sell us "antique coins" etc...worth thousands. It was worth a short visit. Maintained by Christian group in the US

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SAO PAULO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As I walked on old marble pavement and through columns and arches I just wondered how fascinating and rich this site was to ancient Christians and Crhistian rulers. Just to imagine that The Council of Ephesus took place here in 431! Not to mention the Thumb of St Jonh! Even for non Christians it's a wonderful place for its historical... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited with my husband who was very keen to walk where the saints walked. There is not really that much to it and nothing that really makes it a stand out attraction, although the baptism trough is interesting. worth a wander round though if you are in the area.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

A lot of history here we went with a guide which gave us a great insight If you have any Christian upbringing this place will be of great interest to you No doubt if you go to awesome Ephesus this is in the same area Below the Basilica is The Jesus Mosque

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Northville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Ruins, but relevant and spiritually fulfilling to visit where St. John, and imagine who else, preached. So nice to be able to visit and walk through these sites, take the time to really immerse yourself, you're walking an historic path!

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the great sites of Turkey. Be sure to read the history and explore the local town as well.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Stayed in the brilliant Ayasoluk hotel which is a stroll away from the Basillica. As a Catholic, it doesn't get much more exciting than this. The ruins are just that, ruins. It's what you know or feel about what is under the ruins that matters. I wasn't prepared for the emotion I experienced standing where St John was interred. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This place is emotional. My husband and I spent a day roaming around the ruins and words can't describe the feeling it gives you as you think about who may have walked here. Spoke here. Preached here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

A short walk from the Isa Bey Mosque, the Basilica is worth visiting. The ruins are beautifully preserved and a walk up the hill gets you to the Selcuk castle which affords fantastic views of surrounding area.

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Bishkek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The Basilica of Saint John is well worth the visit. While everyone talks about other more famous churches and historical locations, this one contains a reality that is hard to miss since it's destruction some 600 years ago in an earthquake. Take some time to walk slowly around and imagine John on this hill writing his Gospel and living out... More 

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