About the House of Virgin Mary

About the House of Virgin Mary

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About the House of Virgin Mary

On top of the Mt.Koressos, overlooking Ephesus lies a small brick house which is hidden among all
kinds of Mediterranean trees. To be able to reach the house, visitors follow the road goes up to the
mountain and pass among tangerine, pomegranate and olive gardens. After a scenic drive which
allows one to view the pretty farming town of Selcuk and Ephesus ancient city. Tourists of all
nationalities leave their vehicles in the parking lot and start walking to the house in a peaceful
atmosphere. All hustle and bustle of the daily life leaves behind while feeling the peace and serenity
on air. 2000 years ago, The Great Temple of Artemis was attracting same kind of attention in
Ephesus. But contrary to the size and grandeur of Artemis Temple, this house is incomparably
humble and small. The house is called Meryem Ana Evi (Mother Mary’s House) by native Turks and
among the visitors are the pilgrims who believe the house to be the last earthly home of Mother
Mary and the place where she spent her last days until her death. Besides being a tourist attraction,
it is an official pilgrimage site for Catholics. Pope Leo XIII formally recognized Mary’s House in
Ephesus as an official place of pilgrimage in 1896. His successor, Pope Pius X, granted a plenary
indulgence for the remission of sins to pilgrims who make the journey to Mary’s House. First papal
visit to the house was made by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and he did bring a bronze lamp as a present for
the “Blessed Virgin’’ with him. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine in 1979 where he celebrated an
outdoor mass for thousands of pilgrims. Papal visits increased the popularity of the Virgin Mary’s
House in the Catholic World but it is not only the pious Christians but also curious travellers are
interested in the history and mystery of the Mother Mary’s House. What is the story behind the
house? What is the evidence suggesting that Mother Mary lived and died in Ephesus? One cannot
understand the reason why Turkey -or Asia Minor as it was called in the ancient times- has Mother
Mary’s House in Ephesus without having information about Ephesus City and its long and tumultous
historical background.