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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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If you like Early Christian history, enter this place

Many question whether to enter. We did because we're interested in history. We're glad we went in. There are unique aspects to this site that others don't have such as the tunnels... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Many question whether to enter. We did because we're interested in history. We're glad we went in. There are unique aspects to this site that others don't have such as the tunnels behind the alter, Early Christian graffiti scrawled onto some of the floor stones and a couple of frescoes which are being preserved.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A must experience for all Christians, the Holy Spirit was definitely present during our visit. St. Johns Basilica and a tour of the ancient city will be the highlight of your trip.

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Malacky, Slovakia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

when you go to Ephesus, definitely visit Basilica of Saint John. It´s well preserved, not so crowded, with beatiful view. Above basilica is fortress, there is no extra entrance fee.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you are a Christian or love history then visit. It is the burial ground and resting place of Saint John. You can see the entire place in 30 minutes. We love history and religious sites so was a must see for us.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

So many amazing things to see on this very short trip. Packed a lot in but will go back for more and longer!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

we got there late afternoon to avoid the heat. thankfully as we were buying tickets we were told that the castle- included in the price- would shut at 5, so we raced up to the castle first then wandered back town to what was left of the church. it must have been huge when it was built and used. we... More 

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Indore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Lots walking. If you have already Ephesus you might find this place not as interesting as Ephesus. Though some of the work was under restoration but history lovers and still find this place worth a visit.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were very lucky here with a tour guide who is a linguistics expert and an academic. He was able to provide a lot more information than normally heard from a regular guide, and he pointed out some of the rather haphazard restorations. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited this site because we had a morning spare and I think it is quite worthwhile if you have the time, but I wouldn't go out of your way if you don't. I found this site to be really good as they provide a 3D model of what the Basilica would be like beside the remains as well as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Best to have a guide to give you the background and context of the ruins of this basilica. Harder to imagine what when on than at the fabulous Ephesus city itself, but still worth a visit.

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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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