Saint John Kilisesi
Saint John Kilisesi
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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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  • KusadasiTurkey.com
    Kusadasi, Türkiye11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Journey to Sacred Splendor
    I recently found myself drawn into its sacred embrace, where tales of antiquity and echoes of devotion permeate the very air. In my latest blog, I unveil the captivating allure of the Basilica of Saint John, delving deep into its historical significance while embracing the sense of wonder that lies within. As I approached the Basilica, I was captivated by its imposing presence. Each stone seemed to hold secrets of a bygone era, and I couldn't help but imagine the footfalls of pilgrims who traversed this sacred ground centuries ago. The Basilica's significance as the traditional burial site of St. John the Apostle, a key figure in early Christianity, lent an air of hallowed reverence to the entire experience. Inside, the hushed ambience encouraged quiet contemplation. Rays of sunlight streamed through ancient windows, casting a kaleidoscope of colours upon the time-worn masonry. It was as though the Basilica whispered forgotten stories of faith and devotion, drawing me further into its embrace. Guided by an expert who skillfully intertwined history and spirituality, I traversed the halls with ornate columns and arches. Each nook and sacred altar bore testament to the enduring devotion of pilgrims who sought solace within these sacred walls. The grandeur of the Basilica's architecture left me in awe. The vastness of its dome, which seemed to reach for the heavens, evoked a sense of connection to the divine. As I climbed to the terrace, the panorama that unfolded before me was breathtaking, revealing a sweeping view of the surrounding landscape that added a sense of transcendence to the experience. But the Basilica of St John is more than a mere historical site. It's a place of contemplation and spiritual reflection. In my blog, I endeavour to capture the essence of this sacred sanctuary, blending historical narratives with personal thoughts. As you explore its pages, you'll be transported to a realm where time stands still, where the sacred and the human spirit converge...
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom969 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting site
    This is a lovely site to visit ... and one of the few Christian sites in the area. It's worth couping this with a visit to The Virgin Mary House nearby as the two sites are linked. The site is not so large and it is easy to find your way around
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Steph C
    London, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a quick visit
    Worth a visit. Included in the MuzeKart+ Worth doing your research beforehand. Museum shop and cafe. Opens early at 8am and closes 5.30pm Is in Selcuk centre. You can view the single standing column of Artemis temple from here.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
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Ilovetravel
Birmingham, UK390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Supposedly the burial place of St John, these are impressive ruins if interested in Christian history particularly. A short walk from Selcuk town centre, although up a small steep hill. Also great views of the town.
Another option is to continue a short walk to the castle for even better city views.
Written May 12, 2022
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK969 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely site to visit ... and one of the few Christian sites in the area. It's worth couping this with a visit to The Virgin Mary House nearby as the two sites are linked.
The site is not so large and it is easy to find your way around
Written November 2, 2023
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SK L
Fremont, CA7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This was our first site before visiting Ephesus Ancient site. It has a full story related to Saint John who took care of Mary, the mother of Jesus in his later years. They believed Saint John was buried here and we found a tombstone written on it, however, the underground was closed for a visit.
Written September 18, 2022
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Steph C
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Worth a visit. Included in the MuzeKart+
Worth doing your research beforehand.
Museum shop and cafe.
Opens early at 8am and closes 5.30pm
Is in Selcuk centre.
You can view the single standing column of Artemis temple from here.
Written April 1, 2024
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thehungrytravellers
Herne Bay, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Another great Turkish Ancient site. On top of the hill looking over the small town of Selcuk and great views over the farming landscape, the Basilica and castle are a great places to explore. Quiet too, not likely to receive the crowds of nearby Efesus.
Written October 30, 2020
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Sharls G
Traralgon, Australia346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We werent expecting this to be such a comprehensive site. It is well documented throughout and we spent about an hour here.
The site is also the entrance to the castle, and although the site closes at 5pm, the castle closes at 4pm so don't leave your run to the castle too late....
Great historical site in the middle of town.
Written February 22, 2020
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kathyh6642017
Bellingham, WA107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We paid our entrance and toured through this ancient bascillca. Then it led to Ayasoluk Castle. We'd seen it in the distance so were glad to enter it. There was nothing there...empty. The territorial views were magnificant.
Written May 5, 2023
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada8,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
even if there is not much left of it, it still shows enough to keep your mind thinking. It was a great structure and there still enough left to prove it. You must see this while visiting Effesus.
Written April 3, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
When you got enough of Ephesus ancient site hustle come here on the opposite side of Selcuk town.
You'll be rewarded with much less impressive ruins, but still worth seeing and a nice area panorama with total peace you cannot experience in Efes.
For even better views climb up to the fortress.
Written November 8, 2020
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Musicians Mum
1,217 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Visited by myself during a free afternoon o a small group tour.
One has to walk through this site to get to the castle,which was where I wanted to go.
Gatehouse is interesting.
Good views across the fields on the coastal plain to the sea..
Halfway up the hill is a modern cafe/shop woth clean modern TOILETS
Written October 30, 2022
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