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“Serenity”

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Several years after the death of Christ, St. John brought the Virgin Mother to this house located on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain. It is believed the Virgin Mary lived in this house until she died at the age of 64.
Ontario, Canada
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“Serenity”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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“Inspirational”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

I felt inspired after I had visited. It is said that Mary came here to live after Christ was crucified. It is a religious site worth visiting.

Visited September 2013
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“As a person of faith it was very worthwhile”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

While the Catholic Church has not pronounced the authenticity of the House of the Virgin Mary, it was declared a holy site by a couple of Popes. I can see why people who question the validity of the home; however, like with most aspects of religion(s) it truly is a question of faith.

I found the simple home to be one that Mary may very well have taken refuge in during her final years. While I am not Catholic the endorsement of the Popes by declaring it a holy site, certainly adds to my belief in it as the last House of the Virgin.

I was disappointed by the large number of shops in such close proximity. Sadly, I guess that's what the world has become. I will say though, at the least the day we were there, as we returned to our bus, there was a guy there with his camel and for 1 euro you could take a picture with it--which my daughter greatly enjoyed!

I would not hesitate in recommending that someone should visit this holy site.

Visited October 2013
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“True or False?”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Lovers of fairy-tales as well as devout Catholics will find considerable fascination in this site, and even more in the rather unbelievable events leading up to its discovery.Fantasy or not, it attracts more visitors than it can cope with, and long lines await entrance to what, in essence, is a small chapel with a side room, although other rooms exist that are now off-limits. The chapel, in effect the largest of the two rooms, is a soulful place with a spiritual simplicity that is profoundly moving. It is dominated by an altar and an attractive stature of the Virgin.The smaller room is believed ( by believers) to be Mary's bedroom. Exiting the building, you pass a fountain whose waters are regarded as holy. An attractive statue of Mary is situated in the grounds, and one wall of the house takes a cue from the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem: visitors of all shades and colours, and probably adherents of religions other than Catholicism ( Muslims also venerate the building) spend a long time writing notes to her that are then attached to string suspended from the wall. The foundation of the building has been dated to the 1st Century, although later additions are partly indicated . The eye of Faith will see much to enjoy here.

Visited October 2013
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“If you believe in God and you are close to location then go”
Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

You would have to believe in order to get anything out of the visit. A small rock building built over previous buildings that purport to have been the site where the Mother of a God lived her latter years is a bit of stretch in credulity. And after being asked to believe, I am told that water from 4 taps that are at the exit to the shrine have magical properties capped off an unbelievable experience.

Visited October 2013
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