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“interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Basilica of Saint John

The Basilica of Saint John
Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House
Ranked #14 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
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“interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

as a Catholic, i was actually expecting a bit more on this site. after all, St John, a titan in the religion, had his 1st basilica and presumably buried on the site. but there was little description of the site and the sections. perhaps a "model" of what it was would have made the site a lot more spiritual and awe-inspiring

there is a little shack on the site that houses presumably the murals from the church's altar but it was closed and not for public viewing. the security person allowed me to take a look and took a couple of pictures but the murals were not restored and barely visible.

Visited November 2011
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“peacefull”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

great piece of history, fake coins seller on a gate is funny

Visited July 2011
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“Nice sight if you have extra time in Selcuk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

We visited late in the day and watched the beautiful sunset from the hilltop. The crowds were gone and views were beautiful, I would highly recommend visiting late in the day. There aren't many information markers but the size of the ruins is incredible.

Not worth a special trip but if you have free time in Selcuk, it's worth a look.

Visited November 2011
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“Amazing history.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

Coming from Australia where a very OLD building can only date back 200 years this, to us was amazing!

Visited May 2011
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“worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

After reading some reviews it was a lot better than expected. Taking it all in you can almost envision the greatness of the Basilica at the ancient time it was built. I would most definitly visit while in Selcuk

Visited November 2011
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