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Tomb of Saint John in Ephesus

Currently visible church was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-65 AD) in 6th century A.D.. It is believed that Saint John came to Ephesus after Jesus Christ was resurrected. Church has a classical cross shaped plan and tomb of Saint John can be seen at upper end of the cross.

John was the last to go, and the only apostle not to die a violent death. John the apostle lived to 68 years after the crucifixion of Jesus. His death is reported to have occurred sometime around the year A.D. 100.

The death of John the apostle is believed to have been the result of natural causes, or his extreme old age, according to Catholic Church. The exact cause of John's death is unknown because of all the Bible authors, he was the last to die.

The Roman Emperor Domitian persecuted John for his faith and had the apostle thrown in a cauldron of boiling oil. Although this was expected to kill him, he was unhurt by the oil and banished to the island of Patmos. As we know John wrote the gospel while he was exiled at Patmos Island and later came back to Ephesus where he is still resting.