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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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Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selcuk 35920, Turkey
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was one of the largest basilicas ever, built by Emperor Justinian to house the tomb of St. John the Apostle. Really moving and much to see, architecturally.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was very disappointed at this site. I was expecting something more for a site purported to the the resting place of John the Evangelist. There is not much left of the original Basilica and it doesn't seem to hold any reverence for someone so...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This holy place the Tomb of John the Disciple is often overlooked and so it quiet with view visitors and pilgrims. It's an amazing piece of history and with a model in the middle of the site you are able to easily imagine what the...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the hill of ayasuluk, where St John sat for his last years of life, doing his writings, which were used in the Bible, sits the basilica. Built by emperor Justinian in the 4th century and brought down by earthquakes. No tour groups in the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the area this stop by... It's not as crowded as other ancient ruins but plenty of history and plenty to absorb. About an hour is all you will need but worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

The basilica was constructed over the believed burial site of John the Apostle. We arrived at the end of a very long day so only took in the basilica. No one else was there so it was a perfect time to just sit and take...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019

There were four tour buses that arrived when we did and it was chaos at the entrance. Once inside, one can pick a route to avoid the crowds and enjoy all there is to see

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed May 10, 2019 via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday. I am not sure why but there was a service being conducted the entire time we were there, which was fine, we just weren’t sure what the etiquette of sightseeing was in that scenario. We just tried to stay out...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

The basilica and castle are accessed together. To get to the castle you need to go through the basilica and they close access to the castle at 5pm. Def worth seeing both if you are there. Fantastic views of the city and very interesting history.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

There's something remarkable about being able to sit next to the tomb of St. John. The basilica is huge. Entry to the castle too.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Oanh N
October 31, 2015|
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Response from E4028GKmikem | Reviewed this property |
Not enough information. Which island are you stopping at, and for how long will you be able to go ashore? If you're stopping in at Samos, it's about half an hour by road from Kusadasi on the Turkish mainland to the Basilica... More
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m arianne m
July 24, 2015|
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We stayed in Selcuk and went for our early morning walk after arriving around mid-night. We were thrilled to find the ruins of the "church" of St John and even more thrilled to stand in the baptism place. I know there are... More
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