Basilica of St. John - Selçuk, Turkey
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member puczmeloun
N 37° 57.152 E 027° 22.078
35S E 532327 N 4200612
Quick Description: Basilica of St. John in Selcuk, Turkey
Location: Turkey
Date Posted: 12/20/2012 10:12:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMFZ0Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 9

Long Description:
The Basilica of St. John (St. Jean Aniti) was a great church in Ephesus constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation).

The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selçuk, just below the fortress and about 3.5 km (2 miles) from Ephesus.

St. John's basilica was cruciform and roofed with six massive domes. The capitals facing the nave (central aisle) bear the monograms of the Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora.

The current entrance leads into the basilica through the southern transept. Originally, entry was through the oversize exterior courtyard atrium to the west of the nave, which led worshipers through the narthex and finally into the far end of the nave.

The brick foundations and marble walls have been partially reconstructed; if they were fully restored, the cathedral would be the seventh largest in the world.

More recent excavations east of the apse have revealed a baptistery and central pool, along with an attached chapel covered in frescoes depicting the saints.

Source and more information: (visit link)
Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.

Admission Fee: 5

Opening days/times:
- Daily - 8am to 5.30pm

Web Site: [Web Link]

Condition: Some remaining traces (ruins) or pieces

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