54 Days at Sea — Ephesus; House of Mary


House of the Virgin Mary

If you travel in the straight line almost due south of the Library of Celsus at the site of the ancient city of Ephesus you find an smallish, unassuming stone dwelling. Here, 1.9 miles/3 kilometers from the library, is what is purported to be the house in which Mary, mother of Jesus, spent the remainder of her life, having been brought here by the Apostle John. Behold, the House of the Virgin Mary:

House of the Virgin Mary

The House of the Virgin Mary was discovered in 1891 following instructions received in the form of visions that came to the Canoness Anne Cathering Emmerich, who passed away some 67 years earlier. And while you may scoff at that, the directions were based upon location of the yet undiscovered remains of nearby Ephesus.

House of the Virgin Mary

The House of the Virgin Mary is a sacred site not only to Christians, but to Muslims as well, as Mary is held sacred in the Qu’ran. Indeed, she is mentioned in the Qu’ran no less than seventy times.

House of the Virgin Mary

About 150 feet/46 meters southeast of the house is a ancient baptismal pool:

Baptismal pool near the House of the Virgin Mary

Also nearby is the Meryem Ana Evi — the Wall of Wishes:

The Wall of Wishes

Some final images of the colorful flora surrounding the House of the Virgin Mary:

House of the Virgin Mary

House of the Virgin Mary

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