impressive ruins of theByzantine Churchof
St John mark the spot where St
John the Evangelist was
church is on the slopes of Ayasoluk
Hill near the center of Selçuk (the
town next to Ephesus),
just below the fortress
John is believed to have spent
the last years of his life in Ephesus writing
his version of the Gospel. Emperor
Justinian (527-565 AD) believed
that a tomb dating from the 300s
was John's, so he built a great
church above it in the 500s.
later centuries the ruined church
was pillaged for building materials,
but restoration allows you to see
its extent and to imagine its beauties.
to spend about 30 minutes here. You
can easily walk here from the center
down the hill from the basilica is
the 13th-century İsa
open for free (it's a working mosque)
and worth a look.