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House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus Turkey


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House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey is a shrine located on Mount Koressos, also know as "Mount Nightingale", located seven kilometres from Selçuk city nearby Ephesus. House is on the peak of a hill and surroundered by beautiful green flora which gives perfect serenity and peace to it's visitors. House was discovered in the 19th century by following the directions in the reported visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Catholic nun and visionary, which were published as a book after her death. It is believed that Virgin Mary came to Ephesus after Jesus Christ's resurrection and united with Saint John in Ephesus. Virgin Mary spreaded Christianity around Ephesus for several years before she went back to Jerussalem. Experts examined the house and confirmed that House of the Virgin we see today dates from the 6th or 7th century but its foundations are much older than the house and date back to first century AD, which is the time of Mary. The shrine is still run by the Fathers, who celebrate Mass here every day. People celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary every year on August 15 at the house of Virgin Mary. The spring that runs under the Virgin's House is believed to have healing powers and still can be drank by visitor. Also the traditional wishing wall covered with thousands of white paper pieces with the wishes written on them is a must to see.

Ephesus, Turkey Crash Course

  • Home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: The Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was in Ephesus.
  • Celsus Library: There are visible ruins of a library which was built in the name of Proconsul Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemeanus which housed nearly 15,000 scrolls.
  • Population: Ephesus used to be a Roman city with population of 250.000 people. It was the second largest city of the Roman Empire.
  • History: Ephesus dates back to some time between 1500-1000 B.C.
  • Restoration: Ephesus was discovered in 1800s and the ancient city is still being restored. Today only around ten percent of the city is open for the public visit.
  • Diverse: A big city not just for pagans. Christians, Jews, Egyptians and many more nations were living in Ephesus.
  • Religious: Ephesus was one of the most important cities for early Christianity, that the third ecumenical council was held there in A.D. 431.
  • Ephesus was the site of Saint Paul's ministry for three years.
  • Home of Heraclitus Presocratic philosopher, Zeuxis (5th century BC) painter, Agasias (2nd century BC) Greek sculptors, Manuel Philes (c. 1275 – 1345) Byzantine poet.
  • Current Ephesus: Ephesus is now Selçuk, located on the Asian side of Turkey (Anatolia). Ephesus is still considered to be one of the biggest ancient sites in the world and attracts millions of people every year.
  • Ephesus was visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II.
  • Ephesus Amphitheater used to host 25.000 people!
  • There was totally 127 columns on the Temple of Artemis before ''Herostratus'' burned it down to become famous.

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