The last stop on our tour of Ephesus was the Basilica of St. John. The basilica was constructed in the 6th century by Justinian the Great and was said to be standing over the burial site of the Apostle John. Justinian the Great believed that Apostle John was buried in a tomb from the 4th century sitting high atop Ayasuluk Hill in the town Selçuk (just a few miles outside of Ephesus), so he built a church around it to preserve and honor the final resting place of the saint. It is said that Apostle John traveled from Jerusalem to Ephesus and spent part of his life there (and is said to have written his gospel here) until he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos by Emperor Domitian. During his time in exile on Patmos, historians believe that was when he wrote the book of Revelations. Apostle John was later pardoned from exile when a new emperor took power and he came back to Ephesus for the remainder of his life. With the decline in importance of Ephesus in 1402 (and after many Arab raids of the area), the basilica built around St. John's tomb fell to ruins. Soon after, the destroyed church was pillaged for building materials, but in recent years has become a site for historic restoration. Today, amidst the ruins of St. John's Basilica, you can find a small tombstone engraved with the words 'The Tomb of St. John,' no doubt to continue honoring his supposed resting place.