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The House Of Virgin Mary
cwo3ward @ 11/ 06/ 2009

We arrived in Turkey at the port of Kusadasi for an excursion to see the House of the Virgin Mary.  We took a bus up the mountain to a place where ruins were found in the year 1881.  The stone house was located on a mountain near the ancient ruins of the city of Ephesus.  The guide told us that St. John the Divine had been given the responsibility of looking after Mary by Jesus as he was being crucifed.  Jesus said that Mary was as his mother and John was as her son.    John 19:26-27 (King James Version)    


26When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  


27Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.


St. John took Mary with him to Ephesus and built for her a small stone house on the mountain where she would be safe.  There was a German nun who is said to have had visions of the house where the Virgin Mary had lived out her remaining days.  Her name was Anne Catherine Emmerich.  The details of the visions were published in a book.  In 1881, a French priest went looking for the house based on the German nun's visions.  He found the ruins that matched the descriptions in the book.  However, no one believed him or took the find seriously.  Later on, the ruins were discovered again and this time people began to take notice and verify the story. 


The house is very small.  You go in through the front door and make your way to the back of the house and then go out the side door.  You are not allowed to take pictures, so I don't have any to share here.  I wanted to respect the "no pictures" signs.  Most people did as well.  The pictures of the outside of the building are nice and give you some idea of how small the house was.  If you want to visit the site, I suggest you get there very early (right when they open).  Our bus driver hurried us along to get there because he knew the parking lot would soon be completely full with tour busses.  By the time we were on our way back to the bus, the line had gotten very long.  The cruise ships bring in a lot of tourists each day to see this important site.

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The house has been very nicely restored. You can see the lines where the original stones end and the new construction begins. This house is obviously a very important religious site. Over the years, the Pope has visited this site. Pope Benedict XVI was the most recent to visit the site.
Turkey, Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary

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