Kusadasi, Ephesus and the Basilica of St. John

Kusadasi is the port used by cruise ships to visit Ephesus, Turkey. Ephesus is about 30 kilometres from the port. In ancient times it was the port but silt carried down the river filled in the port area.

We arrived at dawn

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Only a few kilometres from Ephesus the Basilica of St. John was built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century over the tomb of St. John the Apostle. Before it was ruined by earthquakes, the Basilica once rivalled St. Sophia in size. A  number of graceful columns and colourful frescos and mosaics survived to hint at the structure’s former grandeur.

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Our visit begins with a short walk up the slope to the entrance.

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It is a lovely location with a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside.

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Our bus is waiting so we must leave and think about the various accounts of history we have been left with and wonder where the truth lies within it all.

the exit

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4 Responses to Kusadasi

  1. Martha says:

    Thanks for the great tour! I’m in awe at how they built such beautiful buildings way back.

  2. Beautiful, thank you for sharing them. There are so many places that hold so many untold stories.

    • DJ says:

      And when there are stories told, conflicting ones, how do you discern the truth?

    • DJ says:

      A mentor once told me, “there are the facts, and then there are the stories that we make up about those facts.” Sometimes it is tricky to isolate the facts and let the stories go.

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