Ephesus (Kusadasi) Turkey: House of the Virgin Mary
About Ephesus & the Holy House:
Here on the West Coast of Turkey lies one of the most important sites to both Christians and Muslims. This is believed to be the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary during her last few years on earth. According to Church tradition, the Disciple John took Mary in to his care as directed by Jesus from the cross, and brought her to Ephesus to avoid the persecutions of Christians in Jerusalem.
About the Holy House in Ephesus:
It was widely accepted that the Blessed Mother resided in Ephesus but there was little evidence to support that belief. The house had fallen into disrepair until only the foundation remained. The famous mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) was given many visions of the life of Our Lady. Due to the descriptions in these revelations, a French priest explored and discovered the remains of the house in 1881; however, his findings went un-noticed and mostly ignored.
Ten years later a group of archaeologists led by Fr. Jung of the Order of Lazarists re-discovered the house following the directions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. They were amazed to find that the descriptions provided by the mystic so closely matched the house as they found it.
Traveling to Ephesus & the Holy House:
Many Catholic tours of Turkey will include Ephesus. It is also a popular stop on many Mediterranean cruises, perhaps more for the Roman ruins than the Holy House, so be sure that you include that if you plan to visit. There are usually a few hours allotted to touring Ephesus.
Pope Saint Pius X granted plenary indulgences for those visiting the shrine and in 1951, Pope Pius XII declared it as an official sanctuary. Since then it has many famous visitors including Pope John Paul II.
It draws an estimated 10,000 people per week.
Address: 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
GPS coordinates: 37° 54′ 44.6652” N, 27° 20′ 1.8096” E (Approx.)
email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website for the Holy House Shrine in Ephesus.
In the U.S. there is also Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer in Vermont.