Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary - Selcuk

House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of the “Bulbul” mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, the shrine of Virgin Mary enjoys a marvelous atmosphere hidden in the green. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place.The house of Virgin Mary is a typical Roman architectural example, entirely made of stones. In the 4th century AD, a church, combining her house and grave, has been built. The original two-stored house, which consisted of an anteroom (where today candles are proposed), bedroom and praying room (Christian church area) and a room with fireplace (chapel for Muslims). A front kitchen fell into ruins and has been restored in 1940’s. Today, only the central part and a room on the right of the altar are open to visitors. From there one can understand that this building looks more like a church than a house. Another interesting place is the “Water of Mary”, a source to be found at the exit of the church area and where a rather salt water, with curative properties, can be drunk by all.Paul VI was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960’s. Later, in the 1980’s, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians. It is also visited by Muslims who recognize Mary as the mother of one of their prophets. Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary’s Assumption.

When you visit the ancient city of Ephesus which is the greatest ”Open Air Museum” of the world, together with your guide you will live the life of a thousand years ago in your mind. Give yourself the chance to see the well planned streets, the first temple dedicated to a Roman Emperor, the ancient Iatrina, the first road sign of mankind indicating the direction of the brothel and of course the biggest theatre. Relive the days of Julius Ceasar who would have spent many an evening sitting in the grand theatre cheering on the gladiators of the day or watching the local thespians at work. Visit the site of the house of The Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her last days and there is evidence to suggest that the house still stands today.

Departing Destinations :
Marmaris , Icmeler , Turunc
Pick up time :
06 : 10
Days of oparations :
Monday - Wednesday - Thursday - Sunday
Drop off time :
19 : 30
Duration :
All Day
Food & Drink :
Breakfast , Lunch
Tour inclusions :
Breakfast, Lunch, All Entry Fees (A choice of Virgin Mary House OR The Museum), Transfers, Guiding
Tour exclusions :
Drinks, Extras
Months of Operation :
2017-05-27 : 2017-10-31
Pick ups from :
All clients hotels
Any dress-code or clothing suggestion, or anything clients need to bring :
Sensible/comfortable walking shoes. Waterproof jacket (recommended in low season).
Tour suitable for persons with disabilities / Medical or weight restrictions :
Not suitable for persons with certain physical disabilities.
Any further information you wish to provide :
Clients have a choice of entering Virgin Mary House or the Museum. Only one of these entrance fees are included in the tour.




06 : 45
07 : 15
Driving & Breakfast
07 : 15
11 : 10
Driving to Ephesus
11 : 05
11 : 30
Turkish Delight Centre
11 : 30
13 : 00
Visiting Musuem OR The Virgin Mary House
13 : 00
03 : 45
13 : 45
16 : 00
Visiting Ephesus Ancient City
16 : 00
16 : 30
Ceramic Workshop
16 : 30
20 : 00
Driving to Resorts & Drop Off to Hotel/Apartment
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Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary - Selcuk
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