Basilica of St John
İsa Bey Camii
At the base of Ayasuluk Hill (but very much within town), the imposing İsa Bey Camii (1375) was built by the Emir of Aydın in a...
If you're keen on Ephesian history, visit this relaxing library – it also offers information on other aspects of ancient, classical,...
No-Frills Ephesus Tours
This full-serve licensed travel agency up on St John's Hill in Selcuk offers a range of services but specialises in the 'no frills'...
Odeon Beer Garden
Sprawling around a big corner dead opposite Isa Bey Camii, this new drinking hole is a laid-back place for a drink day or night.
Sişçı Yaşarın Yeri
A popular spot for köfte and kebaps, this stall has tables.
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Basilica of St John information
Even despite a century of restoration, this once-great basilica of Byzantine Emperor Justinian (r 527–65) is still but a skeleton of its former self. Nevertheless, it makes for a pleasant stroll and warm-up to Ayasuluk Fortress, and the hilltop views are excellent.
The on-site information panel's plan and drawing highlight the building's original grandeur, as do the marble steps and monumental gate. Over time, earthquakes and attackers ruined Justinian's church, which was inspired by the local connection with St John, who reportedly visited Ephesus twice. The first (between AD 37 and AD 48) was with the Virgin Mary; the second (in AD 95) was when he wrote his gospel, on this very hill. These legends, and the existence of a 4th-century tomb supposedly housing John's relics, inspired Justinian to build the basilica here. In Byzantine times, the site drew thousands of pilgrims, and tourists still flock to it today.