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Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Ranked #6 of 55 things to do in Selcuk
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

The House is a few miles from the ancient city of Ephesus and supposedly was picked for security. It sits on top of a hillside and is well kept. Part of the house was rebuilt in the same style as the original part that was left. You can almost feel the ancient life unfold as you walk the grounds and visit the house. No photos are allowed inside but it is an inspiring walk through the House that Mary lived in for a time. There is no fee but they take donations for upkeep of the grounds. Restroom facilities are available and are free. A restaurant and shops are also on the grounds.

Visited August 2014
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

This site was included on a tour of Ephesus. The guide's explanation of the surrounding area and it's significance to early AD years was genuinely informative. Experiencing a significant religious site was worthwhile yet the atmosphere of the place distracted us in that the vendor area reminded us of the money changers in the temple... Regardless, the beauty of the site and its surrounds make the venture rewarding.

Visited May 2014
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“House of Virgine Mary at Ephesus”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

Tourists visiting the Ephesus ruins are taken to a nearby site supposedly of the house of Virgin Mary, either before or after seing the Ephesus archeological ruins. A very small, non-descript two room stone house (most probably restored), where supposedly the Virgin Mary lived after she settled in the ancient city of Ephesus after the death of Jesus and accompanied by St. John the baptist.

There is an altar insided the house . However, photography inside the house is not allowed, but before one steps out of the house, look for a a small fresco painted to the right of the door. Outside, there are some faucets where spring water believed to be holy and devotees collect. There is also a wall of messages next to the spring water faucets. overall, an interesting site to visit

Visited May 2014
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Wodonga, Australia
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“A Hidden Jem”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

The drive to get to this chapel is well worth it as it is scenic in its own right providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. There are statues to look at on the walk from the car park up to the chapel which is located in a very serene setting. The chapel itself is very small and depending on the crowds your time inside can feel limited (if you are there on your own or your tour has the time joining the queue for a second look is worth it). The validity of this location being the place where the Virgin Mary spent her last years is supported by the items left by visiting Popes. The prayer wall was an unexpected surprise but a nice opportunity for those who wish to utilise it. On the way back down to the car park there is a toilet block off to the left, this can be less crowded than trying to use the toilets at the shops and café, especially for the ladies.

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful site for Christians”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

This lovely little stone house atop a hill is worth the visit. It is hard to imagine that the Virgin Mary actually spent her last years there. There is a wall where patrons may leave prayers and a gift shop with religious goods.

Visited August 2014
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