Meryemana Travel Guide

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  • Bulbul Dag

    Bulbul Dag or Bülbüldagi, or Mt. Koressos (Nightingale Mountain) is located 9 km ahead of Ephesus and at 9 kilometers away from Selcuk town with a height of 420 meters. It is believed that the Holy Mother lived until she was 101 years of age and died at this place on Bulbul Mountain. The holy place called "Panaia Capulu" ("Chapel of the Most Holy")...

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  • "Water of Mary"

    The "Water of Mary" is 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 visitors.The “sacred” springs located a level below. Pilgrims gather at the sacred springs to imbibe, bathe in, and bottle water from Mary’s spring.The spring water is available to pilgrims by...

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  • House of Virgin Mary

    The house is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. A church, combining the House and the grave of Virgin Mary was built in the 4th century AD. The House was destroyed by many earthquakes.The red painted line around the current structure indicates the level of the 300 AD structure that was standing at its discovery in 1891....

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Meryemana Transportation

  • Meryemana-Selcuk road

    Unfortunately there is no public transportation (bus or dolmus) to the house along the Meriem Ana Yolu (or 35-37 road). So you can get to the place only by excursion bus or by taxi. The road is very picturesque and you won’t be disappointed by views out of the window. The guide book also suggests reaching the site by walk 5 km from Ephesus. But I...

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  • Meryem Ana Yolu

    This journey would have been before 1951 an arduous three-and-a-half-hour hike across the plain of Ephesus and up the steep mountainside to Mary’s house. Turkish officials recognized the need for developing road systems to Nightingale Mountain. In 1948 a nine-kilometer road between Selcuk and Meryemana “Meryem Ana Yolu” was built. Now it allows for...

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Meryemana Local Customs

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    You can see ribbons with subjects of prayers (Dilek Baglama Yeri) written on them and tied to lattice work just below the house.
    A short distance from the spring, a stone wall covered with twelve large metal grids comes into view. The grids are a fairly recent addition installed to hold the strips of cloth and paper Turkish pilgrims traditionally leave at the site.

    You may watch my high resolution photo of Meryemana on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37° 54' 43.31" N 27° 19' 58.36" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Dilek Baglama Yeri.

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Meryemana Tourist Traps

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 29, 2009

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    Meryemana is situated at the distance of 7-9 km from Selcuk and Ephesus. So I searched Meryemana in the VT database in the Turkish province of Izmir Ili where Selcuk and Ephesus are located. But I failed!

    I repeated searching and found that there are two Meryemana in VT database of Turkey. One of them is located in the Giresun Ili which certainly isn’t that very Meryemana I had visited. Another Meryemana is located just in Turkey without mentioning of any Turkish province. I’ve chosen this destination and have built there my page. I’m the only VT here still and don’t know if it is correct…

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Meryemana Favorites

  • Pope’s visits to Meryemana

    Did Virgin Mary spend here last days and died here? Nobody knows it exactly still. Everybody knows the official version that she lived Jerusalem and died there. Her tomb is located in the Kedron Valley. But if it isn't so? Even Catholic Popes are in hesitation. Pope Leo XIII visited Meryemana in Turkey in 1896. Paul VI was the first pope to visit...

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  • Visions of Sister Emmerich

    A German nun Catherine Emmerich (1773-1824) claimed that she had visions and dreams of Virgin Mary living in a small stone house near Ephesus even though the nun had never left Germany. Following her descriptions it was discovered the foundations of the house in 1891, which was then verified again in the 20th century.

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