Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)

Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Several years after the death of Christ, St. John brought the Virgin Mother to this house located on the slopes of Bülbül Mountain. It is believed the Virgin Mary lived in this house until she died at the age of 64.
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  • summernewjersey
    Haskell, New Jersey171 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene and sacred
    nestled amidst lush greenery and loud cicadas lies the virgin mary house. Its very serene and is a sacred site. It is believed to be virgin marys final residence. The house is tiny and it takes seconds to walk through,not really a house and a bit of a disappointment. There are 3 wells of fresh holy water you can drink or bless yourself with and you can place a personal prayer tucked into tissue paper on the wish wall. You dont need much time here but I still would recommend it if you are religious or spiritual. There is also food and souvenir shop as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Arthur C
    Bury, United Kingdom270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very serene.
    Visited as part of a half day trip to Ephesus re a TUI cruise stop at Kusadasi. It is small very quiet apart from the very noisy crickets and a beautiful site to visit. Classed as a pilgrimage site by the Vatican you can purchase and light a candle for a loved one.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • rfamily9
    Acworth, Georgia1,619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even skeptics MUST SEE this!
    I understand both sides if the argument that very little proof exist that Saint John built this house for Mary’s last few years. However if you have ANY religious curiosity I can see how you would not want to see this landmark. Yes lines could be long and it moves slowly and you can’t take pictures but this is the Virgin Mary my friends!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • sashakeena
    Vancouver, Canada11,764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional Feeling at this Sacred Site
    Not a religious person however visiting this sacred place brought on some emotional feelings as we heard someone saying the Lords Prayer as we walked into the house! We left the house & had received a vase so we could collect some holy water to take back with us! Plus we took the opportunity to make a wish on paper & placed it on the sacred wall! For me it will be something to remember for rest of my days!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Long Ride up the Mountains
    House of Virgin Mary is located in the mountains around three and half hours away overlooking Ephesus. Supposedly this was built by Apostle John, where Mary mother of Jesus lived out the remainder of her earthly life. Near the entry is a keyhole shaped Baptismal Pool. There is a small room inside the Chapel where Mary might have lived but we could not see it. No photos permitted inside the Chapel. There is an eternally flowing spring. Those who drank from the fountain believed the water has healing power and helped with infertility. You can fill up your bottle(s) and take the water with you. The Wishing Wall is another feature at the House of Virgin Mary site, where visitors left thousands written wishes. Small gift shops by the exit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore1,337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it if you are a religious Christian
    The purported site of where mother Mary lived . The site where 3 popes visited which increases the gravitas and significance of this site . A very quiet and contemplative site to provide offering and respect to a very significant person in Christianity . Well worth a visit. Entrance and exit is non descriptive and humble. Food for people on pilgrimage.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Rudy B
    Ocean City, Maryland1,084 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Site
    Went here as part of a cruise excursion. Although it's supposed to be a holy site, it's very commercialized. The Line to get inside the Virgin Mary House was long, but it moved along at a relatively smooth pace - plan at least 60 minutes once you get in line. Our tour gave us a vat to gather holy water, but you can also buy that and other items on the compound. It's worth a visit and I recommend it.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Steph C
    London, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for mass or pilgrims
    Went for mass on Easter Sunday. Mass is in the open and it was sunny- should have worn a hat! Nice experience. Mass is every Sunday at 10.30am in English. You do have to pay 400tl just to enter the grounds, not had to pay to go to mass before. The house is just one room and you buy your candles in here for 10tl each. You take them outside where there are stands to put your lighted candle. To get there you need a taxi and as it’s a tourist place ours charged €50 to take us and pick us up once we called him to say we were ready to go. This is very expensive. On a meter to go to the beach, which is a similar distance, it cost 400tl. My advice is to walk to the bus station where you find taxis and use one but tell them to put the meter on. But then again you need to arrange them to pick you up again as bitaxi and Uber don’t work. If you want souvenirs like rosary beads they are from €10. Turkish tea was 20tl
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada829 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit..
    Part of our gate 1 tour, we visited this believed last house of the Virgin Mary , situated in the mountains. A fair walk to it and long line up to go through this tiny house which takes seconds to walk through. Outside there is 3 walls of fresh holy water..then you find a cafe area and souvenir shops.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,490 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pilgrimage site
    A small chapel (interior photos not allowed) stands at the location of the house where the Virgin Mary was supposed to live at the end of her life. The original four walled roofless structure was found in the 1880s. The foundations appear to date from the first century BC while the walls were constructed later. The current restoration from 1950s used those ruins as the basis to construct the current chapel. There is a natural spring here with four taps over troughs that allow you to take the water here and it is OK to fill a bottle with the sacred water or you can buy them in the shop. There are a number of information boards in multiple languages explaining in detail the providence for the site. I found the explanations interesting but, unless you are religious, I don't think this site is an important one to see. There were quite a few visitors when we visited on a Thursday morning and it is a small site. There is no public transport but that didn't impact us as it was part of our tour. The bus ride up and back Mt. Koressos to the chapel amongst the hilly forested terrain can give you views across to Izmir and the sea. There are no clear views from the site itself. We were able to drive to the top but were told that in busy seasons coaches are not allowed and people were expected to walk.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 27, 2024
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL520 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
You have to queue for entrance to the house because they only allow about 8 people in at a time. Once there, you are pushed through as fast as you can and aren't allowed photos or time to really enjoy it. After about a minute you exit and that's it, that's the experience. I don't think I gained much insight into the life of Mary by this excursion. I got a lot more from Mary's Tomb in Jerusalem, where you are allowed time to reflect. I would skip this if I could do over.
Written October 2, 2022
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majeo
Miami, FL3,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
This is the 2nd visit
On our drive from Izmir to Bodrum
Entrance fees around 60 tl including parking
Take 300 metres walk to what is used to be the house of virgin Mary were she lived after Christ death.
The story how this house came to be is very interesting and it's written in many languages posted aside of the path leading to the house.
Once there, you can light a candle, hang message on the wall and drink from the spring water.
C U AROUND
Written July 13, 2021
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radbrad73
Dallas, TX70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
This is, by oral tradition, the house where Mary the mother of Jesus lives out her last days. True or not, it’s a place worthy of visit just to see and also to note the architecture of houses of the period. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another like this. It’s a humble place, so it doesn’t take long to see. Note, this was my second visit. In ore covid times there was holy water you could collect yourself but those spigots were not operating at the time of my visit.
Written February 27, 2021
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W&Y
Boulder, CO101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Went to the House of the Virgin Mary in the early AM. Grounds were big and very few visitors at that time. House consists of a couple of rooms but the entire area was peaceful and more moving than we expected. No pictures are allowed inside the house. You can leave a wish on a big wall if you choose. Nice detour on way to Ephesus especially if you are starting at the upper gate.
Written January 6, 2020
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Vladimir R
Moscow, Russia584 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
It was part of the excursion program. We were taken to the mountain, where, according to the legend, the Virgin Mary spent her last years of her life. Sounds interesting and religious. But while we visit there, they are told that they found it purely by accident, getting lost and looking for water. The locals told them where to dial it; near this place, they allegedly found the ruins of the house of the Virgin Mary. I am a religious person, I put candles, I got some water. But I did not believe a single word that was said about this place. Only deeply religious people can believe this, I am not one of them. Now this place looks like a place to siphon money from deeply religious people. You have to pay for everything. 100 meters from the house there is a restaurant, small shops, with typical souvenirs as everywhere, but also with souvenirs, icons, crosses, etc. To be honest, it would not have been included in the tour, I would not even waste time on this place.
Written October 5, 2021
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
First off, this is quite dubious that this is the Virgin Mary’s house. They assume she made it up to Ephesus after Jesus was crucified. And a nun had a dream that this was her house so now we go to visit. The house is very small. It takes just a moment to walk in. The setting itself is quite serene. At the least you are seeing an old home so that is nice.
Written April 5, 2021
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Doug L
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
What a freak show. This place is full of religious nut bags. There is absolutely zero evidence that “ Virgin Mary” even lived here. In fact your tour guide will tell you that it’s all based on a “vision” some crazy lady in Germany had. There is a line 100 people long on an off day to go inside the house and then there’s a bunch of morons riding wishes on paper and tying it to a rope thanking it will come true and then drinking and splashing themselves with some really smelly polluted “holy water”.

Imagine if people were still doing this at the temples of Dominus, Hadrian, Or Artemis
Written July 11, 2022
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Alex
Hong Kong, China447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After taking a long ride up to the hill, the first question I ask myself :How do people discover this.
1. After finding answers from the Internet, I finally realized the reason why this remote area is found is because of the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.
2. This place is although remote and faraway, it is a very sacred place. This is the place where Mary mourned her son's death and where she live her life after her son's death.
3. Strongly recommend to go there and enjoy your visit.
Written February 2, 2020
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Steph C
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Went for mass on Easter Sunday. Mass is in the open and it was sunny- should have worn a hat! Nice experience. Mass is every Sunday at 10.30am in English.
You do have to pay 400tl just to enter the grounds, not had to pay to go to mass before.
The house is just one room and you buy your candles in here for 10tl each. You take them outside where there are stands to put your lighted candle.
To get there you need a taxi and as it’s a tourist place ours charged €50 to take us and pick us up once we called him to say we were ready to go. This is very expensive. On a meter to go to the beach, which is a similar distance, it cost 400tl. My advice is to walk to the bus station where you find taxis and use one but tell them to put the meter on. But then again you need to arrange them to pick you up again as bitaxi and Uber don’t work.
If you want souvenirs like rosary beads they are from €10.
Turkish tea was 20tl
Written April 1, 2024
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Rudy B
Ocean City, MD1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Went here as part of a cruise excursion. Although it's supposed to be a holy site, it's very commercialized. The Line to get inside the Virgin Mary House was long, but it moved along at a relatively smooth pace - plan at least 60 minutes once you get in line. Our tour gave us a vat to gather holy water, but you can also buy that and other items on the compound. It's worth a visit and I recommend it.
Written January 14, 2024
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