St John Basilica
St. John Basilica
St. John Basilica was constructed in the sixth century. St John Basilica is located in Selcuk, which is located 20 minutes away from Kusadasi. As you enter this historical site, you will be welcomed by entering a huge gated door, which is known as the, “Gate of Persecution”. Once you get in, you will be immediately welcomed by columns and your journey will begin into the history of the Catholic Church.
As you continue to explore the site, you will see a lot of small details that you must know. Look carefully at the small things and you will realize the history behind a lot of them. One of the most interesting areas is where they held baptisms. This area is well preserved and you will see a lot of the original tile work. The original baptismal font is still in great condition. This whole area for the baptism ritual is well preserved.
A few yards away, you will see the grave of where John the Apostle is believed to be buried. You will see his tombstone and although it is roped off, you can still get close enough to read the tomb and touch it. Next to his tomb is a stairway into his tomb. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public but you can still see the small tunnel and walk way to enter his tomb.
St. John Basilica is a huge site to visit. When you visit it this beautiful place, make sure to give yourself enough time to take in the history and enjoy the stunning views of Selcuk from the top. From here, you can also view the Temple of Artemis from a distance. This area has been well preserved and you will start to see how the different religions started to merge.
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