Basilica of Saint John in Ephesus, ancient ruins with iconic columns.

Basilica Of Saint John in Ephesus

  • Atatürk, St. Jean Cd., 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Türkiye

The Basilica of St. John in Ephesus, a paramount example of Byzantine architecture, is steeped in Christian history. Constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century over what is believed to be the burial site of St. John the Apostle, this basilica was once a grand structure rivaling Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Its ruins, set against the backdrop of the Ayasuluk Hill, provide a vivid glimpse into early Christian architectural brilliance. Visitors can explore the remnants of frescoes, mosaics, and the impressive central dome that once crowned this religious edifice. The basilica’s historical and religious significance, coupled with its proximity to other Ephesian landmarks, makes it a must-visit site for those interested in early Christianity, Byzantine art, and ancient history.