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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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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is the second time I visit and it seems like some area are rebuilt that you can see little more shape of the original site. Some beautiful details remain and don't miss out when you come to Selcuk.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Although in ruins and it costs to enter, this is a worthwhile visit.it shows you and tells you about life in ancient times including the baptism font that was used.

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Toronto
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I visited twice on my visit to Selcuk in May because the first time I went the castle was already closed for the day. It was worth the extra fee though, because the view from the castle was amazing. I went on a hot summer day at noon, so the place was almost deserted. I was the only one in... More

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Sarnia, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After visiting and touring the Ephesus archeological site, a much needed respite for the day is touring the nearby site of the Bailica of St. John the Baptist who supposedly settled in Ephesus after the death of Jesus. The site consists of well preserved ruins that are quite interesting. It is a small site, but has a different flavour compared... More

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Germantown, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It is hard to believe that St John once walked among these ruins. A great site for Christians visiting the area.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had a great tour guide explaining everything about the Basillica of St. John, the type of stories you'd only hear from the locals.

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New York City, New York
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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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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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