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     Mary's House (Meryem Ana Evi)
 
 
Meryemana, The House of The Virgin Mary with a small chapel at the left and grotto on the right.

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.

A commemorative service is held each August 15th commemorating the Virgin Mary's Assumption into heaven.

After a visit by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the Catholic church confirmed the authenticity of the legend and the visions. Pope John Paul II visited in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

 

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