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Basilica of St. John
Selcuk & Ephesus, Turkey
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After leaving Kusadasi, I had read that Selçuk was far more quieter.  I found the Boomerang Guesthouse – Boomerang because they have a lot of Australians who stay here to commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).  It was here where I was able to stumble across the ancient Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.  The nearby hill was where it was believed he wrote his gospel.  I was awestruck.  I knew Ephesus was important because of St. Paul but had no idea the significance of Selçuk for St. John.  It was a happenstance, yet inspiring pilgrimage for me.

I enjoyed the company of Jane and Megan, New Zealanders who I met at my hostel and were also traveling throughout Europe.  We went to the Artemis Restaurant which was in a hillside town that used to be Greek before the great migration post-WWI.  The architecture was certainly Greek but inhabitants completely Turkish.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2007

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