Located high in the hills overlooking Ephesus near Selçuk, this site is believed to have been the home of the Virgin Mary before her death (Assumption). It is now a peaceful museum and shrine run by the local Belediye. We had the chance to visit in March 2018.
The shrine standing on the site was built on the foundation of the original house. It is a simple building. constructed of grey rock quarried in the area. In addition to the chapel, there is a natural spring on the property - whose water is reputed to have remarkable restorative and healing properties - and a prayer wall covered with small pieces of paper and fabric holding prayers of the faithful. The surrounding gardens are beautiful, with many statues of the Virgin Mary.
For obvious reasons, many Christians visit the site, but it also important in Muslim culture because Mary is recognized as the mother of the prophet Jesus.
Visiting the Site
- In March 2018, entrance to the site was 25TL per person. Because it is run by the local Belediye, the Turkish museum card cannot be used for free access to the museum.
- Although the site is accessible on foot, it's located fairly high up on Mount Koressos, and about 7km from the main gates to Ephesus. We opted to hire a taxi from Selçuk. He drove us to the site, then waited and took us to Ephesus when we were done visiting the museum ground.
- Modest clothing should be worn when visiting the chapel. No short-shorts, tube tops or muscle shirts. This rule applies to both men and women. And guests are asked to stay quiet while on site.
We hope you enjoyed the photos from our trip to the House of the Virgin Mary!