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Ephesus / Selcuk - The Basilica of St. John

The ruins of the basilica of St. John rest under the shadow of a Byzantine castle. Built in the 500's the basilica was once the second largest church in the world after theHagia Sophia in Constantinople / Istanbul.

 

Byzantine gate.

 

Ruins and castle.

 

Hauntingly beautiful.

 

Details.

 

 

What was once an interior hallway feels like a street.

 

Artifacts.

 

Spiral columns.

 

Interesting column capital.

 

 

 

A little wren was singing its heart out.

 

One of my favorite images from this trip!

 

Arches.

 

From the hilltop where the basilica is located you look out over a very old mosque towards the sea. The flat terrain in the foreground is where the old harbor of Ephesus was before it silted in. Here, a mother stork feeds her young.

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