The House of the Virgin Mary (Turkish: Meryemana Evi) is a Catholic shrine located on Mt. Koressos (Bülbüldağı in Turkish), 7 kilometers from Selçuk in Turkey, near Ephesus.
From the late 18th century on, Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774–1824), a Roman Catholic nun and visionary, described seeing the house in her supernatural visions published as a book by Clemens Brentano after her death. Despite the fact that the church has never pronounced one way or another on the house’s veracity, it has attracted a steady stream of pilgrims since its discovery. Pope John Paul II canonized Anne Catherine Emmerich on October 3, 2004.
Pilgrims walk from all around the world to this stone house in order to pay homage to Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is said to have been taken there by Saint John and lived for the rest of her earthly existence.
According to ancient beliefs, Mary was born in Jerusalem. Joachim, his father, is said to have lived near the temple, specifically near the Sheep Gate and its pool known in Hebrew as “Bethesda.” Mary arrived at Ephesus with St. John, and she resided there until her Assumption (according to the Catholic teaching) or Dormition (according to the Orthodox teachings). So, she is not from today’s Turkey, but she lived her last period of her life in Turkey.
The entrance fee for the House of Virgin Mary is 60 Turkish Liras per person until April 2022. Credit cards are not accepted. Visitors must bring Turkish liras with them.
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