Private Virgin Mary's House Tour: Make a special pilgrimage to the last home of Our Lady with this morning tour to the House of the Virgin Mary, just a few kilometres inland from Kusadasi. The discovery of the home was something of a miracle in itself and is part of its legend. The property is considered a Holy Place by the Catholic Church and has been visited by three popes.
The small stone building is simple inside and has an altar with images of Our Lady and candles. The spring that runs under the house is believed to have healing powers. A collection of canes and crutches left behind by those who were healed by the waters bears witness to its curative properties. There is also a wishing wall where the faithful and the not-so-faithful leave requests. Mass is celebrated every day.
According to tradition, the Blessed Mother was brought to Ephesus by the Apostle John in 37AD after the resurrection of Christ and lived out her final days here. And this was where the trail went cold. But in the early 1800s in Germany, a bedridden nun had visions of the Virgin’s House. Seven decades later, using descriptions based on her visions, two French priests discovered the house in 1891. Within a year, it had become a Catholic pilgrimage site. Archaeologists believe that the building’s foundations may well date from the first century, the time of Mary.
This is tour is a spiritual journey that is open to all, whether religious or not. Its power is such that the house is also a Muslim shrine.
Meeting point: Collection from hotel at about 8am with return from midday.