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Istanbul, a city of over 14 million people, straddles both Europe and Asia, the two continents being separated by the Bosphorus Strait. The three main tourist attractions are The Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia.

Ephesus is an ancient city in Turkey’s Central Aegean region, near modern-day Selçuk. Its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire, when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial center, to the spread of Christianity.

The Basilica of St. John was a great church in Ephesus constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist and prophet.
The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selçuk, just below the fortress and about 3.5 km (2 miles) from Ephesus.
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