Friday, January 10, 2014

Marmaris to Kuşdası - a winery and St. John's Basilica

Bidding farewell to the Turquoise Coast, we're off to Kuşdası, but we stopped on the way at the Seven Sages Winery. Any kind of winery is a different sort of concept in a Muslim country, as alcohol is forbidden, but there is some precedent and with enough persistence, it's possible to establish one. This one is owned by several partners, one of which is himself an Overseas Adventure Travel guide. There are a few guest rooms and a restaurant serving delectable food.

A view from one of the guestrooms:

Next stop is St. John's Basilica, built by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century on the site of any earlier church set up to St. John the Apostle, who is buried here. It's badly ruined after all these centuries, so it may help to see a reconstruction and floor plan:

Aerial overview of the site today:

There's a large castle built on the hill behind the Basilica, so taken altogether, it's an impressive place:

Entrance to the Basilica:

Note the elaborate cross on this capital:

St. John's grave:

Note the cross as capital on this pillar:

The Baptistry:

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