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Address: Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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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A nice antiquity best seen in conjunction with a visit to Ancient Ephesus

Recommended. This is an impressive site, all the more so if you're among those who did not realise a place like this was built for the apostle John a few decades after the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Recommended. This is an impressive site, all the more so if you're among those who did not realise a place like this was built for the apostle John a few decades after the death of Jesus. Like ancient Ephesus and other antiquities nearby, it's in good shape. If you're making the effort to visit this area, make sure you visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

wonderful walk up the street past a nice little park with black and white storks. Ruins are great to walk through and they have done a great job restoring the castle wall at the top (walk through the Basilica to get to the castle on the same ticket)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Combine this with a tour of the adjoining fortress. Easy walk from central Selçuk or the Ephesus Museum.The Basilica was massive at the time. And like many other structures in the area was glorious before being ruined by earthquakes. The views both over Selçuk and the plain towards Ephesus are wonderful. It seems reasonable to assume that stones from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

As with other ancient places in Ephesus, this is an amazing site. There's not that much to see here though other than the tomb of St. John. We arrived late, around 5:00pm and the castle was already closed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This cathedra,l which is undergoing restoration, is about 3 miles away from the world famous ruins of Ephesus. The Basilica of St. Jean Aniti purports to be the burial location for St.John one of the major apostles. The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selcuk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Lovely architecture, oasis inside in the shade. Worth a visit while at Ephesus as its only a short distance away

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We did a Biblical tour in Ephesus and the Basilica of St. John was part of it. I loved being in the place where John preached. The artifacts and ruins are still there. It was fascinating to be on the steps of Christian history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

More pillars. Nice view. Unless you view it as a religious pilgrimage it is interesting only as a morning filler before you move on to someplace else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

You don't have to be religious to appreciate the history here, and there is LOTS! It is quite awe inspiring to trace the steps of those famous persons from so long ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I went to this site late in the afternoon and it was amazing. It was cooler than during midday and there were hardly any other tourists there. There is an entry fee of 5 Turkish lira for both the Basilica (which is in ruins) and the Fortress. The ruins are fascinating. The Fortress is even better. The view is well... More 

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Address: Address: Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Turkish Aegean Coast  >  Izmir Province  >  Selcuk

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