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“$4 to see ancient history”

Cathedral of St.John the Evangelist
Ranked #17 of 56 things to do in Selcuk
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“$4 to see ancient history”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've seen others who are disappointed at spending 8 YTL ($4) to view the ruins, but this is one of the few places you can see Greek, Roman, Byzantine and more modern ruins heaped on one another. Given the number of earthquakes that have hit the Selçuk / Ephesus area over the centuries, there's an understandable hodgepodge of "refuse" from various centuries used to rebuild and excavate the ruins. If you bypass the ruins, you might even get a chance to buy a few "coins" but not for 8 YTL :-)

Visited July 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“The citadel is currently under restoration, might still be worth visiting”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This used to be a grand cathedral next to the citadel of Ephesus. Today it is quite a large site for a cathedral but doesn't come close to nearby Ephesus' ruins or various other sites in Turkey. The view is ok, but the ruins of the cathedral itself have little explanations and in my opinion are not worth the 8 TL they charge there (on the other hand, entering the separate restored houses in Ephesus for 15 TL is much more impressive because of the mosaics and especially the frescoes, while this place had practically none of either). When they re-open the citadel the pricing would probably be worth it, but currently I don't see a major reason to do there other than a religious one (and even then, there is very little that actually remains from St. John's tomb, the main attraction).

Visited July 2013
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Berkeley, California
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26 reviews
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“A lovely site”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

The ruins of the cathedral have been somewhat rebuilt, though there is still a lot of work to do. The site is simply beautiful, overlooking a valley (and a mosque a little way down the hill). We were fascinated by the engineering feats involved in building what the information sheets described as one of the largest cathedrals in the world (7th largest ever?). Worth seeing and imagining what it may have looked like at one time.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Early Christianity”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Supposedly the burial site of St. John, so a must for Christian pilgrims and a decent archeological site.

Visited May 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Nice but nothing exciting”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

It was nice and no where near as crowded as Ephesus. the brochure was helpful and it was only 8TL but it wasnt that exciting and there wasn't that much to see really. maybe i should have hired a guide

Visited June 2013
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