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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 #9 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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Monrovia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Lovely breeze great view all the way to the water, history, more photo opportunities and a large crane walked thru.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

a long time ago in Turkey the christian crusaders visit and stay at Selcuk. Its not that big, but its worth a visit and remember to look towards the tower (not a pat of the bascilica) and the the Stork nest high up

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Really must-visit place near Efesus. Located in Selcuk city near the tower on the hill. Only 10TL for entrance. Here in left opens view to the Artemida's temple column.

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Decatur, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The old ruins of the Basilica of Saint John was very interesting. To see the place where Saint John is resting was very interesting.

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Cold Spring, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

All that remains of this basilica is an extensive ruin. In its day it must have been magnificent. The basilica is dedicated to St. John, the apostle, and is believed to be the site of his tomb. It is the second Christian church on the site. The first was a small church built in what was then known as Ephesus... More

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Remember these are ruins so. If you are wanting an imposing church this is not for you. Most of the stone was used to build the mosque below which is also open to visitors. There is a good level of information and there are some well reconstructed portions of the Basilica. The model shows just how impressive this huge site... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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

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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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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