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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 days ago 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

Thank GiojaA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Adam B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank RichardK938
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank SACountry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Sivarnee H
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The ruins are of average restoration and are dominated by a military castle in much better repair. saint John was buried here but the crusaders brought nis remains back to Rome. The top of his crypt is still visible with an inscription in the middle...More

Thank 432JamesD
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Come upon by mistake so went in easy to find really nice walk round clean and cared for amazing place lovely souvenirs to buy as a reminder of your visit

Thank Judith D
Reviewed 11 October 2017

This site is believed to be the burial place of John the Apostle (as per Christian faith). In ancient times, it was built as a church however the remains can be seen now. The Govt has made efforts to preserve the whole compound and there...More

Thank waqarsarwar
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The basilica was a church within ancient Ephesus, built in the 5th or 6th century. Nowadays it is right in Selcuk town. It costs an extra 10 Euros to get in but it is built on the believed burial place of John the Apostle. Although...More

Thank Belgo96
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This site would have been spectacular in its full glory and what remains still standing is awesome. It's 10TL to get in and very worth it. The model of what this used to look like is amazing!!! I wish they could put everything back together....More

Thank Hailsk2411
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Oanh N
31 October 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
m arianne m
24 July 2015|
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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