The Basilica of St. John
Dedicated to the young apostle St. John, who was Jesus’s favorite gospel writer, the monumental basilica is located in the ancient city of Ephesus near to Izmir. The cross shaped basilica has six domes and was built in the 6th century.
It is assumed that one of the three tombs that have been unearthed during the excavations in the region belongs to St. John but no remains were found in the other ones. It is known that the remains were moved to the Church of the Holy Apostles in Istanbul in the 13th century.
The Church of Virgin Mary
The Church of Virgin Mary, considered to be a holy site for Christians, is located near the top of Bülbül Mountain near to the town of Selçuk in Izmir province.
Nestled amidst a lush green forest, the tranquil site attracts the attention as it is the place where Virgin Mary had spent the last years of her life before she died. The holy ground which was declared a Christian pilgrimage center in 1961, attracts attention also for a variety of valuable artifacts unearthed during the excavations conducted in the area.