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House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

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Ephesus

The Basics

According to Catholic doctrine, after the crucifixion of Jesus, St. John brought Mary to Ephesus with him to escape persecution for years 37-45 CE. She could very well have made this her home. Every day, Lazarist Fathers conduct mass at the 6th-century chapel inside.xa0 Full-day tours that include the house typically leave from Kusadasi and combine visits to the UNESCO-listed sites of Ephesus where you learn about 2000-year-old structures such as the Parliament House, Temple of Domitian, Memmius Monument, Heracles Gate, the Temple of Artemis, Selcuk Turkey, and Temple of Artemis.

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir
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$85.00 per adult
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Our tour guide Cigdem Dikentas Vidinel was very knowledgeable of the Greco-Roman history of Ephesus and was able to answer all our questions. She was patient, attentive and pleasant. It was a joy touring Ephesus, lunch and carpet co-operative with her.
Tourist17315088286, Oct 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

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Excelente
Luis_R, May 2021
Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi
It was an excellent and wonderful experience, especially because of the assigned guide. Gonca or Rosita is a person who loves her work, she did her best, she explained everything to us, she made us feel happy, all 10 out of 10, thank you very much.
star-5
Great Guide (Thank You, Aysegul)
Vlad_S, Oct 2020
Ephesus Tour with The House of Virgin Mary From Izmir
We loved it! Our guide Aysegul is a professional archeologist and a historian. Aysegul was extremely knowledgable not only about Ephesus, but about the whole Anatolia region and the antique world. We highly recommend visiting the terrace houses in Ephesus and the local museum (see the bust of Marcus Aurelius!). Thanks again, we hope to come back soon!
star-5
Awesome
Jonathan_B, Oct 2020
Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Excellent!! Incredible! A must if you in the area at all . Tour guide ( Riza) and driver (Burak) were amazing !!!
star-5
Excellent experience
Daneesha_G, Aug 2020
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
Excellent n very well explained by tour guide. He was very knowledgeable n gave us a full history lesson about Ephesus n house of Mary. Me n my husband We were the only two people on the trip n still he explained all n stayed with us all through the trip. It’s very highly recommended if u go to turkey u can’t miss that
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An Incredible Day in the Ancient World
Florence_I, Jun 2020
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Awesome! A++ experience! Our guide, Gonca, was extremely knowledgeable, very accomodating, and personable. We would request her again. The tour was well organized and with Gonca's explanations we were very satisfied with the entire day. Our family is still talking about it a year later!
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A great day!
Alyssa, Mar 2020
Mini Group (Max. 10 Guests) Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Gufte was an awesome guide! She took us on a really great tour and I learned so much. We got a lot of free time to wander around and also spent some time with her learning about all of the amazing history. We had such a good time that she convinced me to join her and the group the next day to go to Pamukkale! I’m so grateful for her time and how she made it so much fun.
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All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, Virgin Mary House including Lunch
Passenger242452, Dec 2019
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Excellent tour. Our tour guide was great!!! The lunch we had at the carpet factory was awesome. If you interested in buying a Turkish rag make sure you know the size of the rug you want. The rugs are unbelievable but can be pricey but you are getting a quality rug that will last for generations. Having a private tour is the way to go. Ephesus is a must see. Viator did not disappoint.
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Dubai Cruise
bjarnold2019, Dec 2019
Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & Artemission Small Group Tour(Max 16 pax)
Everything was great: approx. 14 people in the group. The tour guide let the group dictate the speed and any additional sites that we wanted to see if any...he was awesome. I forget his name sorry.
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Best part of our Turkey trip!
chriscords, Nov 2019
Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi
Our private guide (Begum) was absolutely excellent. She new all the facts plus more. She was friendly and funny and her English was excellent too. The tour was well-paced and we saw everything we wanted. The tour was completely flexible and we were able to stay as long or as little at each location depending on what we wanted. The lunch was great too. Highly recommend!
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Great day
Parveenrani786, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
It was an awesome day. Turned into a full day tour as visitors from cruise took over the town!!! It was amazing to stand in wonder an reflect in St Johns basilica and the absolute calm in the house if Mary. Definitely recommend OJ, our guide for the day. She was so informative and supportive to me especially with my walking difficulties. Really patient and looking out. Thank you for a wonderful day OJ.
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Ephesus Tour
thomasyvonne, Jul 2019
Mini Group (Max. 10 Guests) Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Our tour guide Selma was waiting for us as planned. She was professional, very friendly and informative. Ephesus is well worth a visit, very interesting and they are excavating all the time. On our way back we dropped into a pottery to see how they make it and the Temple of Artemis.
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Ephesus
FarAway11943773233, Jun 2019
Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
I was a bit scared going to Istanbul but upon landing , the country was beyond my expectation. It is very safe and beautiful country. Our tour guide Riza has a very good command of English , very professional and well versed about the history .

Things to Know Before You Go

  • St. Mary’s House is an ideal stopover for people visiting Ephesus and want to know more about Christian history.
  • Bring Turkish Liras with for the small entrance fee.
  • Remember your passport, as guards may ask for ID.
  • No photos are allowed inside the house.
  • Dress appropriately: no shorts or skirts above the knees, cover your shoulders.
  • Those in wheelchairs are welcome.
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How to Get There

St. Mary’s House is located on Mt. Koressos near the Aegean coastline, about a 15-minute drive from Ephesus. Public transportation reaches the site, either drive or book a tour from Ephesus that includes a visit to the house. If you prefer driving, stop at the northern gate of Ephesus and walk about 2 miles (5 kilometers). Once in Orman Yolu Park, follow the signs for Meryemana, which is Turkish for St. Mary’s House.

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When to Get There

St. Mary’s House is open year-round, with extended hours from March to October. Visit the house in the morning and before closing time as it is quieter and the temperature is cooler. If you would like to experience the mass, come on a Sunday around 10:30am. In general, the weather in the region is the most pleasant from June to August.

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Wildcard

Is It Mary’s House? While no conclusive evidence that declaratively supports the theory that Mary had spent the last years in Ephesus, there have been certain meaningful actions by papal authorities to authenticate the history of this house, however symbolic. Since 1896, several popes—Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI— have all visited the abode.

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