Basilica of St. John Izmir

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Basilica of St. John, Izmir Overview

The Basilica of St. John is an evangelist basilica situated close to the centre of Selçuk in İzmir. Originally a chapel built over the grave of St. John in the ancient city of Ephesus, it was converted into a magnificent Byzantine-style basilica under the rule of Emperor Justinian. One of the main attractions here is the tomb of St. John. Owing to numerous earthquakes, it is mainly in ruins today.

The tomb lay under the central dome and is now surrounded by the four columns that formerly held it. In addition, there are columns in the courtyard which feature the monograms of Emperor Justinian and Theodora, his wife. The basilica serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of İzmir. To the north of the nave lies the baptistery, shaped like a keyhole, and there are beautiful frescoes in the chapel that represent St. John, Jesus and a Saint. There were rampart walls surrounding the church built to protect from invasions, but they no longer exist. 

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