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The House of Virgin Mary or in Turkish “Meryemana Evi” is an important place for Catholics and Muslims. The place is located on Mt. Koressos. It is a very tranquil and peaceful place.

This chapel, long believed to be the place where Mother Mary spent her later years, is a very small and modest building. This place came about from a dream by an invalid nun in Germany in the early 19th century who had a series of visions about this place. The house is made of preserved stone, not large and very modest.

In 2013, there was a massive forest fire along Turkey’s Aegean coastline. Miraculously, the fire stopped within 1.5 meters of the house. Though the flames had destroyed everything within 1 to 1.5 meters of the house, there was not even a spot of damage to the house itself.

No photograph allowed to be taken inside the house. Upon entering, an altar with a large statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is prominently displayed in the center. It is very peaceful inside and those who want to pray can kneel down.

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The House of Virgin Mary

Once you have walked through the house you then will travel down the path to the natural spring where you can gather your own holy water. Pilgrims believe that the water from the spring water have healing properties. Next to the spring was the wishing wall where you place your notes written with a wish.

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Spring water, believed to have healing power

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The wishing wall, believed to be miraculous

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This ancient Greek city is located at Selçuk, Izmir. It was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean era in the first century BC. Ephesus is also a sacred site for Christians due to its association with several biblical figures, including St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), but the temple was destroyed because of an attack of the Goths. The city had been rebuilt by Constantine I, but it was destroyed again because of the mob led by St. John.

Strolling around in Ephesus brought my imagination of Hercules movie came alive. It is magnificent to see how high the human civilization especially in architectural. The city-remains speak a thousand words itself. It is unbelievable that human during that era, knows how to build a city from marble and stones.

Celcus Library

Celcus Library

One of the most magnificent remains of the city is Celcus Library. It was the third richest library in ancient times after the Alexandria at Egypt and Pergamum.

Ornaments of Greek God and Goddess are carved on the pillars and marble stones. Such as the Hercules on the Hercules Gate, Medusa on the Temple of HadrianApollo, Athena, Nike etc.

Goddess of Nike, the inspiration of Nike brand

Goddess of Nike, the inspiration of Nike brand

The Great Theatre

The Great Theatre

This magnificent classical theater is the most magnificent structure in Ephesus and considered an important biblical site. This is the place where Paul preached to the pagans in Acts. It is 18 meters high and has the capacity of 25,000 seats.

*If you were to visit Ephesus in the summer, I would suggest to bring umbrella or hat. The weather will be very humid and hot.

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