Visiting the House of the Virgin Mary

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The exterior view of the restored house, now serving as a chapel.The exterior view of the restored house, now serving as a chapel.

The best way to start your adventure in Ephesus is with a little history on the area and by visiting the Church or House of the Virgin Mary. It is not just a religious site but also a big part of the history of the area and a very interesting and beautiful place to visit. The House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of Mt. Koressos, “Mount Nightingale” in Turkish, about 9 km from Ephesus. It is hidden in a lush green forest at the top of the mountain and is said to be the place where Mary may have spent her last days. That she came to the area with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity.

House of the Virgin MaryStanding in line to enter: you can not take photos inside though

It is a typical Roman house…

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