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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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Description: 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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Combine with Ephesus

We visited this Basilica along with a tour guide of Ephesus. While it is worth visiting this Basilica, it is important to use a guide who will tell you a lot about the history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We visited this Basilica along with a tour guide of Ephesus. While it is worth visiting this Basilica, it is important to use a guide who will tell you a lot about the history of the place. Also you can cover Ephesus along with this in one day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Also known as the Selkuk Castle, this is an active archaeological site where they are attempting to put buildings back together. There had been a number of devastating earthquakes 1700+ years ago. There is a 360* view of Selkuk and the surrounding areas from the castle. The fee to enter is nominal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We arrived into Turkey late on the evening before, and decided to have a walk before breakfast. We had only walked a short way when we came across the ruins of this church which we discovered was the Basilica of Saint John. It was a surreal experience as we walked around and I was very intrigued at the Baptismal area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Recommended to anyone in the area, well worth walking around if you are into turkish architecture and design.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A beautiful vie from a distance and much more when you get inside and tread the path to the topmost where St John stayed and wrote the Gospel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Wow is all I can say about the views. This was worth the hike up the hill to see. The ruins and fort were amazing. Don't miss this if you are in Selcuk.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Once we got into the church site, it was enjoyable and educational. As pastors, we enjoyed seeing the baptismal font and the way the early Christians worshipped in the area. If you are looking for an enclosed church proper, it will probably be a disappointment. If you are seeking to see a larger church complex which is in ruins, you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Hi Guys, It is located in the centre of Selcuk. Once it was a massive church. Now there are just ruins left. You can see there some nice paintings. Apparently this is a place where St. Johns body is burred. Ignore people outside of that church which will try to sell you ancient coins. Those are fake... Have a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Basilica was across the road from our Hotel, so, we just walked over and spent ages pour over all the buildings and ruins. We had a guide book so could really explore at our leisure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Just to see where John walked was inspirational. To see where he is buried and to witness the church built in his behalf was truly touching. Words cannot describe the experience!

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