According to Christian traditional beliefs this is the House that Virgin Mary lived her days after the Resurrection of Christ. She was brought to Ephesus by Apostle John.
In 1812 there was a German nun by the name Sister Ann Catherine Emmerich who visualized the journey of Apostle John and Virgin Mary from Jerusalem to Ephesus. She described the house so vividly and it was recorded. The sister had never travelled anywhere else.
The house of Virgin Mary is also sacred to Muslims, because the Muslims recognised Mary to be the mother of Prophet Jesus. The house became a Catholic shrine in 1896.
Today many visitors from all over the world flock to the shrine. There is water which is being believed as a holy water and can be drunk by anyone. The spring water is believed to have healing properties. You can also put papers on the prayer wall and have a wish.
The House of Virgin Mary is a must visit.
For three years, apostle Paul preached Christianism in Ephesus after 53 AD. When he died, apostle John replaced him as bishop. The legend says that Virgin Mary came with him and lived in Ephesus until her death.
A small Byzantine church stands on top of a hill, 7 km south to Ephesus. It is the church of Monastiri üç Kapu (Three doors Monastery). The legend names it Mary’s house. It was discovered at the end of the XIXth. Diggings revealed the ruins of a sanctuary from the Vth or VIth AD. Though it is an official pilgrimage site, visited by several Popes, the records of the Ephese council, that took place in 431 AD in a Basilica dedicated to Mary do not mention any Mary’s house. Moreover, all legendary writings about the death of Virgin Mary spot it in Jerusalem.
The house of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.
The cottage is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940's. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the "Water of Mary", a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.
Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960's. Later, in the 1980's, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary's Assumption.
My wife and I both experienced something very special, very profound at the House of Mary. She is pretty much an atheist and I am technically agnostic, but mainly apathetic towards spiritual matters. I had heard that funny things happen at this place, so I decided to just open my heart a bit and say a prayer to Mary asking something vague and emotional, like "how may I be worthy" or something like that.
Wow, I had a pretty intense feeling as we slowly cruised through her house. It was warm, it was maternal, and it was strong, not subtle at all. The message was not in words, rather in feelings. It was basically "Hush...Don't Worry...You are just a Little Baby...You are so Innocent...You know Nothing...It's All Right...Be at Peace...Don't Worry".
A bit taken aback, I kind of stumbled out, sort of blinking at the light. When I gathered my wits a bit to speak with my wife, it turned out my beloved Unbeliever had experienced pretty much the same thing.
Something dwells, there I think. Maybe it's Mary. Maybe it's Artemis. Maybe it's the older Anatolian mother goddess. Maybe its all of the above. Or maybe it's my imagination or the collective imaginations of all the pilgrims. But all I can say is WOW!
In the hills above Ephesus, there is a small chapel that was built on the site where the Virgin Mary lived after Jesus' death. The chapel has two rooms, one for Christians and one for Muslims, since both religions view her as an important holy person. Both rooms are open to everyone, just be quiet and respectful of anyone praying. Next to the chapel, there is a place where you can light prayer candles. Below the chapel, there is a wall where thousands of people have attached prayers written on pieces of paper. Next to that wall, there is a spring where visitors can collect water to take with them.
The house of the Virgin Mary or Meryemana is found in a nature reserve not too far from the site of Ephesus (it would have made sense for Mary to see out her days at the site of an emerging Christian community like Ephesus). It is usually on the visit itineray of the tour companies but if not it is not to far by taxi. The house you visit is not from the time of Jesus but instead dates from about the 6th Century. he foundations are however dated from 1st Century. A red line of mortar has been added to show the untrained eye which parts are original building and which parts are later additions. The house has an area for both Christians and Muslims to worship but the site is run by a Christian organisation. Masses are held in the house daily. The site is run like a well oiled machine and you are herded in and out fairly quickly.
Three Popes have visited the site and feel it to be authentic, inclding Pope Benedict in 2006. There is a very damatic prayer wall that you can write and post your intentions and you can also take holy water from the taps and stoups that line one of the walls. There are public toilets available which is quite handy in this area and there is also a small cafe.
There is a very small charge to see inside the house - approx 5YTL
This site is up in the hills, a few miles from Ephesus. The house is actually a Catholic chapel, and the Catholic Church maintains the site. The site was identified by a 19th century German mystic. This ancient house was similar to the site she identified in her visions. The belief that the Virgin Mary was in Ephesus is tied to Jesus' instructions to St. John to care for his mother. Since St. John was in Ephesus, Mary was thought to be there as well. Our guide told us that there was a lot of excitement several years back, when archealogists thought that they had discovered Mary's grave behind the house. The site was shut off for 3 days, there were helicopters patrolling the sky above and everything was very hush-hush. The Catholic Church firmly denied this, and the story soon died away. The Catholic Church holds as doctrine the belief of the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven. While many Orthodox believe the same, it is not held as doctrine in the Orthodox Church. So, if there was a grave, then there could be no bodily assumption. I'm not coming down on either side of the issue, just thought it interesting the hubbub it caused. Frankly though, I'm skeptical of the whole thing--the association of this site with Mary was not something anciently held, such as the site of St. John's burial in Ephesus, but rather, a fairly recent idea, based on a supposed vision. Anyway, it is an interesting site--go see it whether you believe it to be her house or not.
Hmmmmm was how I went after visiting here. Here, is meant to be the last abode of the Virgin Mary who St John brought to nearby Ephesus towards the end of her life (AD 37-45). This small building has been reconstructed but is said to date back to the 6th - 7th centuries, with parts of the foundation and coal found on the site dated to the 1st century. It has since been turned into a chapel with the restored portion being distinguished from the original remains of the structure by a line painted in red.
The building was only 'discovered' in 1881 when a French priest, Abbé Julien Gouyet of Paris, discovered a small stone building on a mountain overlooking the Aegean Sea. He believed it was the house where the Virgin Mary had lived in the final years of her life on earth as described in the visions of a German nun named Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824), but his discovery wasn't taken seriously. Ten years later, two Lazarist missionaries from Smyrna rediscovered the building and learned that the four-walled, roofless ruin had been venerated for a long time by the members of a distant mountain village who were descended from the Christians of Ephesus. They called it Panaya Kapulu ("Chapel of the Most Holy") and believed that the Virgin Mary had died there. Every year they made a pilgrimage to the site on August 15th, the date on which most of the Christian world celebrated Mary's Assumption.
Since then, the Roman Catholic Church has never pronounced on the authenticity of the house, for lack of scientifically acceptable evidence. However, three popes have visited the site with Pope Paul V1 'unofficially' confirming its authenticity in 1967. Pope John Paul II visited in 1979 and more recently Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Whatever you believe, I was a little sceptical and just thought I had been had, given the high cost of entry. By the way, coming back down the hill offers some superb views of Selcuk and some of Ephesus.
Open: 8am-7pm. Admission: TL12.50.
THE VIRGIN MARY HOUSE
Even if you're not that religious, pay a tribute to the one of biggest and most world spread religions - Chritianity. You'll see the proof of the one of the basic dogmas of Christianity.
The House of the Virgin Mary is a Christian shrine located in the vicinity of Ephesus, Turkey. It is believed by many Christians and Muslims that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to this stone house by Saint John after the crucifixion of Jesus, and lived there until her assumption into Heaven according to Roman Catholics. Other Christian denominations recognize this spot as her burial place.
Catherine Emmerich, a German nun, claimed to have had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to the German writer Clemens Brentano who later published a book about it. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich’s descriptions.
This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and is visited by thousands of tourists every year since then. It maintains its holiness for the Muslims as well as for the Christian world. People believing in the godly qualities of the Virgin Mary come here and drink from the water believed to be sacred.
I was fortunate enough to visit this site on August 15th, the day of the Assumption. I'm not Catholic, but I am Christian and that only made this visit even better. Legend has it that a Nun in the 19th century had a vivid dream about this site being Mary's house at the time of her death. After investigation of her dreams clergy in Izmir found the foundations of this house that was rebuilt to stand as it may have stood in the time of Jesus. Seeing this site is very cool. It was awesome to think that a person of such historical significance lived there. It is a small house with not a terrible amount to see. A baptismal pool graces the outside. You are not allowed to take pictures inside. Definately worth going to to touch into your spiritual side and for some bragging rights.
Getting there requires a taxi ride. Or, do as I did. Go into a carpet shop, invest an hour looking and learning about carpets. Chances are the carpet guy will take an interest in you. State to him that you were wanting to see Meryemana and he may ask you if he can take you to go visit in hopes he will garner your business. Now this practice may be dishonest, however, I believe the turkish carpet salesmen to be bored and quite interested in American lifestyle and would enjoy your company as well. See my tips about carpet buying on my Turkey Page and my Goreme page
The house of Virgin Mary is considered to be the last home of Mother Mary. The Christians visit here for pilgrimage and it has been also visited by the last 3 popes. Outside the house, you can find 3 fountains which are believed to provide health, love and wealth. You can also see the wall of wishes. The visitors write their wishes on a piece of paper and attach it to the wall. The entrance fee is 3 TL for locals and 12.5 TL for foreigners.
The German nun, Catherine Emerich saw this place in her dream. Before she has been there, she descriped what is it excatly look like and where it is located. It is located top of a mountain where you can see the sea, and where there is a water spring. Even the muslims used to go and visit this place for pray.
Near the road Selcuk-Aydin road there is the house of the Virgin Mary under shady trees on the slopes of the Mount Coressus. St. John brought Virgin Mary to this house in 12AD. This house was seen in the visions of a paralytic nun and she gave the detail of it after which a research team came to this place. The foundations of the house were from the 1st century and the building was restored to its original shape – a small domed structure with a cross-shaped plan. There is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the apse facing the entrance, from the beginning of the 20th century
The house was discovered through the explorations of Pere Poulin and Young in 1892. Prior to that a Bavarian Nun, Catherine Emmerich (1774 - 1824) predicted where the site was just before her death. When the house was discovered, the roof was broken down and only the ruins of the walls were left standing. It is said that those were the ruins of a church dedicated to St Mary in the9th century. Today this is a sacred place of the Roman Catholic church and was visited by the pope earlier this year.