Basilica of St. John (crs)
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St. John's grave was marked by a memorial and enclosed by a church of modest proportions in the 4th century. In the 6th century, Emperor Justinian (527-65) built a magnificent church on the site dedicated to the saint. The tomb of St. John elevated the site to one of the most sacred sites in the Middle Ages and thousands made pilgrimage here. With the decline in importance of Ephesus and after Arab raids, the basilica fell into ruins until the Seljuk Aydinoglu clan converted it into a mosque in 1330. The building was then completely destroyed in 1402 by Tamerlane's Mongol army. The ruined church was thereafter pillaged for building materials, but recent restoration enables visitors to understand its size and visualize its former splendor.
There is something that appeals to me about flowers and ruins. There are many flowers at this site. It did not hurt that the sky was interesting as well. Many contradictions exist in the place: it is overlooked by a Turkish fort, the vendor at the entrance was selling statues of Artimus and Out Lady of Ephesus, there is a mosque across the street from the entrance, etc.
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