Selçuk in Selçuk district, İzmir, Turkey — Aegean Region (Coastal)
The Basilica of St. John
St. John was the youngest of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, often referred to as the “Evangelist” or “Beloved.” After the death of Jesus, the followers of Christ were subjected to persecution. St. Johns own brother, James, was the first martyr among the Apostles, having been “put to death with the sword” by King Herod Agrippa I about 42-44 A.D. (Acts 12:2). When Herod saw that this pleased his people, he sought to seize other Apostles. To avoid persecution, St. John left Jerusalem and came here, to Ephesus (then known as Asia Minor). It is believed that he brought the Virgin Mary (“Meryem” in the Koran), the mother of Jesus (“Isa” in the Koran) with him. Except for the time when St. John was exiled on the nearby island of Patmos, where he is believed to have written the Book of Revelation, he lived the remainder of his life in and around Ephesus. Upon his death in Ephesus, a memorial monument was erected over his grave at the foot of Ayasuluk Hill. Prior to the invasion by the Seldjuk Turks, the town of Selçuk was known as Ayasoluk, meaning “Devine Theologian” in honor of St. John.
In the Fourth Century, a great basilica was built over St. Johns tomb by the Roman Emperor Constantine. Later, in the Sixth Century, an even larger and more magnificent basilica
The Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora made large financial contributions and her name was inscribed over the big capitals which crown the beautiful marble columns. An inscription was carved in the marble over his tomb which read, “This is my resting place forever, here will I dwell.” Austrian archaeologists reported that when the Tomb was opened in later centuries, it was found to contain only dust that quickly dissipated in the air. The ruins of this basilica have been thoroughly investigated by archaeologists and, commencing in 1956, have been partially restored to their original scale. This is a sacred place, and you are asked to conduct
Erected by The American Society of Ephesus, Inc.
Location. 37° 57.106′ N, 27° 22.079′ E. Marker is in Selçuk, İzmir, in Selçuk district. Marker can be reached from St. Jean Caddesi west of 2013 Sokak. Touch for map. Marker is on the pathway to the ruins of the basilica, just inside the main entrance gate of St. Jean Cd. Marker is in this post office area: Selçuk, İzmir 35920, Turkey.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Jean'in (Aziz Yahya) Kimliği Ve Hayatı/The Life of St. John (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Jean (Aziz Yahya) Kilisesi/The Church of St. John (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Hellenistic Fountain House (approx. 2.6 kilometers away in Izmir Province); The Great Theatre (approx. 2.6 kilometers away in Izmir Province); Ancient Ephesos (approx. 2.6 kilometers away in Izmir Province); Byzantine Ephesos Roman Ephesos (approx. 2.6 kilometers away in Izmir Province); The Hellenistic Ephesos (approx. 2.6 kilometers away in Izmir Province). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selçuk.
Regarding The Basilica of St. John. Selçuk was originally known as Ayios Theologos (Greek: Άγιος Θεολόγος), from which the Ottoman Turkish name Ayasluğ is derived.
Also see . . .
1. Basilica of St. John. Wikipedia (Submitted on June 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Sacred Destinations: Ephesus Basilica of St. John. (Submitted on June 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. St. Jean Kilisesi; Ayasuluk; Ayasoluk Hill; Temple of Artemis/Diana
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