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“Walking in the footsteps of ancient Christianity” 4 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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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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“Walking in the footsteps of ancient Christianity”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The ruins of this Basilca or Church as the locals call it were spread out over a large area. It was told us by our guide that this Church was much larger in size than the famous Hagia Sophie in Istanbul, but the Church is mostly ruins as compared to the Hagia Sophia.
Most interesting is a tomb that was uncovered that would have been inside the Church that is reputed to be the tomb of the Apostle John. You can see down underneath it a bit to a catacomb like area. Walking around the ruins and seeing the crosses and Christian symbols carved in the marble brought the reality of ancient history home.
It was also a beautiful view from the site as the Church was set on a hill and overlooked the city of Selcuk.

Visited January 2013
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“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This was worth the trip if you have the time, and fit it in if you can make the time, but wouldn't suggest it as a stand-alone tour stop.

Visited January 2013
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“Site Usually Missed by Tourists”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Nice small site in Selcuk with good views from hillside. St. John's remains located here. Takes only 1/2 hour or less to see.

Visited November 2012
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“Perched on the hill overlooking Selcuk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

A large fortified church to wander around with great views of the surrounding lands and looking down on Selcuk

Visited November 2012
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“Nice views and history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Definitely worth it to go. Lots of people but everyone was remarkably quiet and meditative there when i went.

Nice views of the city are a bonus as were the random turtles walking around.

Visited September 2012
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