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The Basilica of Saint John

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 of Saint John the Divine. It was designed in the shape of a cross and was covered with six domes.
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Entrance off St. Jean Sok. | just east of Isa Bey Cami, Selcuk, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

St. John's Basilica was huge even for today's standard. If it was rebuilt today, it would be the 7th largest basilica in the World! The site is beautiful and you can keep on walking up the hill to the fortress where there is a beautiful...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

This is a fine building that has been very recently restored. It is definitely worth walking up to as there is a good view over the city and there are enough structures remaining to give a good idea of what the fort must have been...More

Thank Sus1952
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

The basilica is so spacious and contain the tomb of St. John, the one who wrote bible. It completed with small chapel, baptis room, and cistern (or water palace). We were accompanied by Mr. Abdullah, an official guide from basilica with patiently. It is part...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

Came here not expecting much and it didn't surprise me. Didn't really compare to Ephesus. Note: there was a guy trying to sell me 'roman coins' that he dug up. These are 100% fake. He's a great story teller though - about running off to...More

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Reviewed December 2, 2017

Impressive Ruins of Basilica of St. John near Ephesus and Kusadasi is a major attraction, drawing countless visitors from all over the world. Many visitors to the basilica often combine their basilica visit with visits to the House of Virgin Mary and the Ancient City...More

4  Thank Jae L
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Reviewed November 20, 2017 via mobile

This citadel dominates the skyline in Selcuk and is beautifully lit at night. We had the place to ourselves and just wandered around taking it all in. It's surprising to see the extensive rebuilding following the sites ruin from several earthquakes over the centuries. I...More

4  Thank GiojaA
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Reviewed October 31, 2017

Selcuk castle stands proud over the village. It has been largely re-built. Views are good but is not so historically interesting. The interesting part is St John's cathedral which is in the grounds of the castle. Fascinating old historical ruins - and for Christians a...More

4  Thank Adam B
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

This basilica was supposedly built over the tomb of St. John. Its in pretty bad ruinous state right now but was once immense as can be seen by the foundations, columns and a small wall section that remains.

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

I really like this site. It was fairly easy to walk and worth the effort. It is hard to imagine that anything could be discovered that is that old. It is worth taking the time to visit this site.

4  Thank SACountry
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

Our small tour group reached the Basilica of St John sometime around the late noon. The Basilica of St. John is a great place to reflect on the words of the gospel in bible. Passing by the old treasury, it was believed as the burial...More

4  Thank Sivarnee H
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Oanh N
October 31, 2015|
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Response from Mike M | 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
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Response from Australiangroup | Reviewed this property |
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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