My nephew hadn't seen the Seljuk Castle or St. John's Basilica, so after some lunch we headed over to the site. The two are right next to each other. Unfortunately, the Castle is currently closed for renovation, so I was only able to get an outside picture. But we spent a fair amount of time wandering the grounds of the Basilica, led by Hubby, who had a part time job as a tour guide during college and knows the site well.
|Entry sign in Turkish and English|
|Outside view of the Seljuk fortress,|
replete with picture of Ataturk
(like most structures in Turkey!)
|Longer view of the fortress, with some artifacts from|
the basilica grounds
|View from the basilica grounds to part of the town |
and the surrounding mountains
|Some remaining columns, with several capitals |
in the foreground
|Columns and arches|
|Columns and lintels|
|Roman carved stone|
|Column inscribed with Christian symbol|
|The tomb of St. John|
|View from the basilica grounds of Isa Bey Mosque,|
built circa 1375 c.e.
And that's it folks! Back to regularly scheduled programming!