Rather than focusing on whether this little chapel stands on THE original site where Virgin Mary lived to the end of her days, try to let go and enjoy it for it's serenity. The power of a place comes from the importance and sacredness we place in it. This site holds fascination for all Christians (not just Catholics) and Muslims (Jesus is a prophet in Islam).
Take a plastic bottle to fill with the spring's holy water (your friends at home will thank you), take a pre-written note for the wall of wishes, and think in advance what you want to light a candle. Then just take a leap of faith - be open to the experience and see if you feel moved. Three popes have done just that.
When I was backpacking Turkey 20 years ago, I didn't go here for the travel, cost, hassle. I always wondered what it was like, so if you are near-by, don't miss it. Even if you don't love it or don't have religious motivation, it is a worthwhile life experience.
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