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The Basilica of Saint John

Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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Ranked #10 of 41 attractions in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We enjoyed the Basilica of Saint John. It a great view. To actually imagine St. John in the area was overwhelming. The view from up there was excellent. It was relatively inexpensive. The toilet right next to it was incredible. The woman had decorated it with 1000 plastic flowers. That was also a sight to see.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is really so nice church but out of repair. So, you may not feel well when you see that. If you visit Sirince, dont forget see there.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The Basilica has been restored very well--more than most remains in Turkey. There is a walk-in baptismal font that is beautiful. We had a guide, but explored most of the area on our own. You wouldn't have to have a guide here, and I don't recall seeing audio tours available although I might have missed them. It is an inspirational... More

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you go to Ephesus then take the time to travel four km more into Selcuk and visit this amazing place. The ruins are in great condition and a good level of restoration in areas has taken place. Signage is available but if you want more information join one of the many tours available.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We visited as we are Christians and wanted to see site of St John's Tomb. Very interesting and an emotional link for believers.

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Keizer, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited Selcuk and Ephesus in late June as part of a tour from the Celebrity cruise ship Reflection. The weather was perfect and the crowds were small. I highly recommend a tour in this area as an opportunity to learn about St. John's Basilica & Castle Ruins, the open air Archaeological Museum in Ephesus and the house of the... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

When you visit the touristy but friendly town of Sirince, be sure to make the climb to the top of the hill to visit the St. John the Baptist Church, an interesting site and a worthwhile destination. The old church has a skylight that lets sunshine in and illuminates the artwork and, unfortunately, quite a lot of graffiti. It's a... More

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East Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The ruins are wonderful and interesting. The site is on a hill with a beautiful view overlooking the land below. It seems that a few feral cats enjoy the ruin also.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited at dusk and there were very few visitors around. There was one gentleman outside the gate who wanted us to purchase "authentic ancient coins", which even if they were real would be illegal to leave Turkey with. The view is amazing and the ruins awesome. If you're in the area to go to Ephesus, absolutely add this to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Basilica was very close to town and we were able to easily spend a few hours here and the castle close by. The ancient ruins were amazing and we were able to take countless pictures of the area that all turned out great. Definitely make sure to visit here during your stay in Selcuk.

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