Ephesus and St John The Apostle

Ephesus and St John The Apostle

Ephesus and St John The Apostle

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EPHESUS HAS THE TOMB OF ST JOHN THE APOSTLE
According to the tradition, Apostle John took Virgin Mary to Ephesus where she spent the
last days of her life in a small house, known as the House of the Virgin Mary today and well-
preserved remainings of the house serves as as a holy site for pilgrimage by the Catholic and
Orthodox churches, as well as being a holy shrine for Muslims.
Irenaeus, a disciple of Polcycarp indicates that John stayed in Ephesus until his death during
the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD). Eusebius, a famous early church historian from 3rd
century also records that John stayed in Asia until his death in Ephesus. It is believed that
John was exiled to Patmos Island (AD 69-70) where he wrote the Apocalypse then he was
released back to Ephesus where he ministered for around 25 years to the Christian
community.

Even if you are not interested in the biblical history, a tour to Ephesus would not be
complete without an enriching visit to the 6th century Basilica of St John the Evangelist
which was once an enormous church that stands on top of the burial site of St. John the
Apostle.