Basilica of St. John
Like the Virgin Mary, the evangelist and author of Revelation, St. John, is believed to have settled in Ephesus at the end of his life. In the 6th century, the emperor Justinian I constructed a basilica here above St. John's tomb, modeled on the Church of the Holy Apostles in Istanbul (then Constantinople). Once a glittering wonder covered in mosaics, little remains of the church today except for the foundation and some columns. According to local legend, however, the dust here is imbued with a miraculous healing power thanks to the presence of St. John.
By John Newton, AFAR Contributor