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Basilica of St. John
Basilica of St. John

Basilica of St. John

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in winter, until 6:30 p.m. in summer
Isa Bey Mahallesi, 2013. Sk. No:1, Selçuk & Ephesus, Turkey

The basics

Although St. John’s Basilica has lain in ruins for over 600 years, the towering pillars and grand arches of the cross-shaped church still impress. Tours, including shore excursions, generally depart from Kusadasi, Izmir, or Bodrum and cover a mix of area sights. Ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, always figures; Christians often add the House of the Virgin Mary and the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers; Muslims often include the 14th-century Isa Bey Mosque; while other popular attractions include Sirince, a village known for fruit wine, and the scant remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis
Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus including Basilica of St John and Temple of Artemis
star-4.5
$160.04 per adult
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Our guide was great. I wish we would...
Our guide was great. I wish we would have had more time in this port. The tour was the best.
jbuhlman, Oct 2014

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

star-5
Absolutely Amazing!
Andrew_L, Aug 2022
Private Full Day Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary, St John, Artemission Temple
Absolutely amazing tour. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but these guys made this stop on our cruise the absolute best of all ports. The tour of Ephesus and House of the Virgin Mary was phenomenal. The lunch spot they chose was authentic Turkish cuisine, and one of the best meals I've ever had. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Wonderful Day
Priscilla_P, Jul 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Our guide Ekin was wonderful!! He was very patient with our 2 children and learned so much. Would definitely recommend as excursion.
star-5
Incredible excursion! Bring a hat!
Matthew_M, Jul 2022
Daily Trip to House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St.John
The House of the Virgin Mary is awe inspiring. Ephesus is incredible. However there is no shade. You need to bring a hat as that stop takes 90 minutes. Our tour guide was terrific and knew a ton of history.
star-5
Don’t miss this!
Melissa_Y, Jul 2022
Daily Trip to House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St.John
Our guide, Mehmet, was incredibly knowledgeable. If you want to learn about the ancient site of Ephesus, you must go with a guide. And make sure you visit the rug coop. The array of beautiful carpets was mesmerizing.
star-5
Excellent tour
MaryAnn_C, Jul 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
This was a great tour. Our guide, Begu, was very knowledgable and personable. He was very client centred, wanting to ensure we got the best experience possible. Tour was at a good pace. Lunch in the garden setting was wonderful. Carpet demo interesting.
star-5
Great Experience in Kusadasi.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Ephesus,House of Virgin Mary and Basilica of Saint John Tour
Our time in Kusadasi was limited as we were in port only 5 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative as he shared information about his country and the sites we visited. Because this was a private tour for six we were able to customize the time we spent at each site to fit our schedule. The House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus were amazing to see and was a very worthwhile experience.
star-5
Ruins Galore
Alex_G, May 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Good overall tour. Ezgi, our guide, was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Had a nice lunch and Turkish carpet demo.
star-5
Highlight of our trip to Turkey!!!
Maria_A, Mar 2022
Daily Trip to House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St.John
This was an amazing trip. We were picket up on time by our guide Mehmet who was excellent!!! The tour was better than promised and HIGHLY recommend it. We learned a lot about the history of that area of Turkey. Had a great lunch included in the tour.
star-5
Our guide Begu was...
Shenzhao_F, Mar 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Our guide Begu was knowledgeable, professional, and very accommodative yesterday. We are very pleased with tour.
star-5
Great tour
glab, Mar 2022
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Great tour, our guide Begu is very informative. Very nice tour with great value. Ephesus is very nice.
star-5
Excellent
Gladys_T, Dec 2019
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
Excellent. Highly highly recommended. Just only two of us. The tour guide Ayse she was great and very pleasant. She did a great job. The van was very nice n comfy. Also the terrace of houses is a must see.
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Ephesus Tour
PAULA_W, Oct 2019
Private Shore Excursion: Ephesus, Terrace Houses, St. Mary House, St. John Basilica
The tour itself was great and recommended. We had a problem that the company used by Viator they didn't had a reservation for us, but after much talking it worked out. Make sure you take a copy of your paper work provided to you by Viator.
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Things to know before you go

  • There is a modest charge to visit the basilica, which includes access to Ayasuluk Castle, a 5-minute walk away.
  • Strollers will not be a problem in the basilica but Ephesus’ cobbles might be an issue.
  • Much of the basilica is wheelchair-accessible. There is a wheelchair-friendly bathroom in the ancient Ephesus site, a couple of miles (3 kilometers) away.
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How to get there

The Basilica of St. John sits on the eastern fringes of the little town of Selcuk, close to the Temple of Artemis and Ayasuluk Castle. Selcuk is about a 12-mile (20-kilometer) drive northeast of the Aegean Coast resort town of Kusadasi; the nearest airport, Izmir, lies about a 50-mile (80-kilometer) drive to the north.

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When to get there

The site is open from early in the morning until evening during the summer months, with shorter hours in winter (November through March). It’s a large site and rarely overly busy, so plan your day to beat the crowds at Ephesus and slot this one in when it suits.

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Ayasuluk Castle

Set on a mound overlooking modern Selcuk and ancient Ephesus, Ayasuluk Castle, also known as Ayasuluk Fortress or Ayasuluk Kalesi, has a history dating back to Stone Age times. Today’s vast ruins come from the Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman periods. Besides the impressive encircling wall, the castle is home to a mosque, a hammam, and the remains of a palace.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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