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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
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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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Prince George, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This venue is within walking distance of several hotels and hostels. We were in Amazon Ancient, about 10 blocks walk. If you are on a tour then you will probably be in the crowd. If you are driving, get there early. We were there in late September and had a nice hour+ to look it over before the rush. Bonus... More

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I hadn't read anything about this site before we visited, and was struck by how extraordinary it is. I'm not a Christian, but this really was an exceptionally important site - St John reputedly lived there, and took care of Mary here no less - and that is amply reflected in the extent and detail of the ruins. One of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Amazing value, 10TL per person, lots of info as you walk around, with a model of the church, then take the path up to the castle, still being renovated but still worth a visit. You also get a fabulous view from here.

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Hoofddorp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The Basilica of Saint John is the ruins of a church that was built on top of the grave of Saint John the Evangelist. There is an entrance fee of 10 TLR per person, and you can book a guide. There are some signs spread over the location that gives some information, but the site is best visited with a... More

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

St. John is buried here. That's significant because he was important and the truth he wrote about continues to shape people and eternity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was the actual burial site of John the Theologian! Amazing feeling visiting this site. There is a great baptism tank there too! Such a great place! Beautiful views from there too

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The ruins are not as impressive or as ancient as Ephesus, but they are definitely worth a tour. The view to the sea is gorgeous and the fortress is an excellent place to see it. Water, a hat and sunscreen are recommended during the heat of the day.

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Monrovia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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

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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