On top of the Bulbul Mountain, there the House of Virgin Mary is located. It is 9km ahead from the ancient city of Ephesus. It is known as the place where Virgin Mary spent her last days. She was with Saint John, who was able to stay in the location for several years for Christianity to spread.
It is believed that Mary had actually chosen this place rather than staying in a crowded place. The house structured was influenced by Roman Architecture and made of stones entirely. In 4th century AD, the house of Mary was combined with a church and her grave. The original house which is a two- storey infrastructure consists of an anteroom, a praying room, bedroom and another room that has a fireplace inside it. The kitchen’s front part was destroyed and was put into restoration during the 1940’s. The only part of the house that are open for visitors are the central part and a room found at the altar’s right side.
The Virgin Mary’s House Modern History
Two Catholic officials and Lazarist priest went to Ephesus on June 27, 1891 to be able to see Mary’s house. A small chapel was found with a distorted statue of the Virgin Mary. They went back to Izmir with their findings, and there were more specialist and priests sent to the house site. The site was then became a Site for Catholic pilgrimage since the year of 1892. By 1897, it was restored and a shelter is built for the visitors.
What Things will you see in the Shrine?
Events at the Shrine
A very special event is being celebrated in the shrine during August 15. It is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Every year, the clergies of the Orthodox, Muslim and the Catholic conduct a service, being participated by all the clergies at the site. It is a very rare occasion where all the clergies are seen working as one.
How to go to the House of Mary
House of Mary can not be reached without a vehicle. Since it is located high up in the mountain, you would need to hire a car or a minibus. There is no public transport to the Shrine as well. With a vehicle, it only takes about 10 minutes from the upper gate of Ephesus, Turkey. All you need to do is to follow properly the signs to get to Meryem Ana, which is considered as a nature preserve and park at the same time. If a visit to Virgin Mary is included in your tour package, then you will be taken by your tour guide at the most suitable hours to avoid the crowd.
Why Choose to go to House of Virgin Mary
It is very significant to go to the House of Virgin Mary because it symbolizes faith and love for Mary. It improves how you perceived things when it comes to religious aspects. Your faith becomes stronger.This shrine is perfect for those who are looking for the peace of mind that they are looking for. It is also a place where you can show your devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.