I traveled with my two teenage sons to see the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary in August 2007. We were on an organized tour from the pier in Kusadasi. We traveled by motorcoach up the side of the mountain. Our tour guide shared told us about a fire last year which destroyed much of the forest behind the house but no damage was done to the house. It was a wonderful experience. The inside of the house is so serene and beautiful. We brought the holy water from the shrine and beautiful relics from the small shop to the left of the house. After the visit to the shrine we traveled to see the ancient ruins of Ephesus. After viewing the ruins we were returned to a shopping area near the pier which had great prices on jewlery and rugs. Overall it was a wonder experience. Mary Rose Gaughan, Hamburg, New York.
It is believed that St Mary lived her last days drinking the healing water of this fountain. Today it is still regarded as holy water and many claims have been made of cure by drinking this water.
In the past people used to tie pieces of cloth with their wishes written on it around the trees by the house of St Mary. This caused injury to the trees, so they dedicated this wall for that purpose.
Approx 9km from Ephesus on top of Panaya-Kapulu you will find the statue of St Mary. hundreds of pilgrims pass before this statue every year especially around Easter it gets very crowded.
It is a wonderful story and an awe inspiring place. You feel a certain serenity, even with the masses of tourists. The wall of prayers, the holy spring everything is very beautiful.