Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Selcuk

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Thought to be the house of Mary, the mother of Jesus, until her death, the ancient ruins of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) is now a shrine for Catholics. Travelers on a pilgrimage often make the small stone house a stopping point. Inside the chapel is an altar beside a large statue of the Virgin Mary. As you look to your right you will see the smaller room where Mary is thought to have slept. Outside the shrine is a beautiful fountain, which many believe has spiritual healing powers. Before you go, it is traditional to leave a prayer in the "wishing wall." To visit Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and other attractions in Selcuk, use our Selcuk trip planner.
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  • Peaceful visit to this special placeđź’•. FYI: there is an early morning mass you can attend there each day around 7:30AM. You can buy Rosaries and holy water from the spring there. 
    Peaceful visit to this special placeđź’•. FYI: there is an early morning mass you can attend there each day around 7:30AM. You can buy Rosaries and holy water from the spring there.  more »
  • Mary's house is in a beautiful, shady, serene area. The house itself is very small and there are not traces of what the interior may have looked like in the time that Mary lived there. The space is... 
    Mary's house is in a beautiful, shady, serene area. The house itself is very small and there are not traces of what the interior may have looked like in the time that Mary lived there. The space is...  more »
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  • It was beautiful and strangely calm place. I had all the good feels. The place is located on a hill, you have to drive up there. Then you’ll have to walk a long way to the House. We went in winters so it was good to walk up there but I think in summers it would be a little hard if it is hot. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the House of Virgin Mary. You can go in with respect as many times as you want to. It was a great experience. You can also take a candle and make a wish!
  • Meryana's House, or Mary's House, is situated in the mountains above Ephesus, which is a nice ride and gives lovely views over the town and countryside. We paid 120 lira to get into this site, but on entry signs state that this is a government charge and donations are accepted. The house is actually a small chapel, built on the ruins of the site of the old house and really we were almost out as soon as we were in. There is a restaurant, teashop and souvenir shop on the site, and a places to light candles, also a stop for spring water. The apostle John is said to have moved Mary, the mother of Jesus here, when he came to take care of the church in Asia Minor. There were information boards in several languages. Not sure I would consider this the best value for money based on the size of the site.

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