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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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, and another 15 minutes or so to the Mary house. But you have to get to Kusadasi first. If you have a day free, it'll still be a tight schedule - and you'll still miss seeing Ephesus itself.
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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
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 differences in Basilicas and Cathedrals so not really sure what its classified as. Regarding Mary's House - we actually had a local guy who was a friend of a friend living in Turkey, and he took us to Mary's House.....a very modest 2 room dwelling that had obviously been rebuilt. There was a Mass being said outside in English and it seemed very surreal with the armed Turkish soldiers all around. This "house" though was set amongst hills and seemed to be quite a way from any other housing areas. i was taken with this as it certainly was remote - and very very peaceful! I think there seems to be some confusion about Mary's Church - and Mary's house here!