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The Basilica of Saint John

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Address: Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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This monumental basilica was built in the 4th century in the burial place...

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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A little known treasure

This site is approached through a massive Byzantine gateway. inside are the remains of a huge, 6th century church, built to house relics of St John the Baptist. Doorways, columns... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Burry Port, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This site is approached through a massive Byzantine gateway. inside are the remains of a huge, 6th century church, built to house relics of St John the Baptist. Doorways, columns and the remains of buildings associated with the basilica cover a compact site near the centre of Selcuk.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

located near the Temple of Artemis. worth checking out. not much really remains. the grave of John is neat-even though his remains are no longer there. good signage. like the baptismal.

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Frisco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nobody was there when we arrived to see the Basilica of St. John. The size of the church is enormous by todays standards and one of a kind when it was built.

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a private tour of Ephesus and The Virgin's house. The Church of St John was one of the best sites to visit. To think we were walking the same streets as he, viewing the same sites, was so exciting. I am, by no means, a history buff. But the visit to Ephesus moved me so deeply. I would... More 

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Christiansted, Vl, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have a choice, I would visit after 4pm. It is mostly empty and you can enjoy the ruins in peace! I loved walking around, exploring, taking photos, and just sitting in the walls enjoying the BEAUTIFUL view over the valley. Spent around 3 hours here!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The basilica was nice to visit -- it doesn't take too much time. It was destroyed in an earthquake, so there's not a lot to see. St. John's body was supposedly buried here, and there is a tribute to him there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the signages leading to the site to the signages inside it, more effort has to be put in. There is not much shade there to talk about, so have to come prepared or at the right time.

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Beeton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Glad I toured this area first before the Ephesus tour as I saw these ruins and found them facinating. THen you go to Celcius' library and the theatre or terrace houses and it just becomes one big historical sites tour. Will never seen anything quite like it again.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

The Basilica of St John, venerated as the site of the grave of the Saint, was built on a colossal scale in the 7thC AD and later fell into disrepair. In recent decades it has been much reconstructed, to the point where the visitor begins to get a good sense of what the huge original building might have looked like.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

It's good to see the ruins of the Basilica of St. John and you will also see his tomb which is inside the compound.

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