Virgin Mary Shrine

Home of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus

In the Solmissos Mountains located on the top of the “Bulbul” mountain 9 km from Ephesus, is a shrine to the Virgin Mary. It is a place where Mary sought solitude in her later years. St. John the apostle cared for Mary after the crucifixion of Jesus and spent time writing the Gospel of John while he stayed in Ephesus.

A worship space near Mary’s Home

Pope Paul VI is recorded as the first pope to visit this place in the 1960’s. In the 1980’s, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians.  The third Pope to visit the house of the Virgin Mary is Pope Benedict XVI. He celebrated Mass here on Nov. 29, 2006.

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Mary’s modest home is still here and it is recognized by Muslims and Christians. One part has been configured as a Christian worship space and another as a Muslim chapel.

The home is small and only a kitchen, a sleeping space and the two worship spaces are open for public tours.

the entrance to the home

surrounded by lush greenery

No pictures are allowed inside but a framed picture is posted on a stand outside the exit where like all the other tourists I captured an image of the alter worship space inside.

the exit from Mary’s tranquil home

notice the framed picture on a stand on the right side

a picture of a picture of the simple altar inside the house

Surrounded by lush greenery, birds and a fresh stream, it is a very tranquil calming place.

A peaceful place.

Every year, on August 15th a ceremony is organized to commemorate Mary’s Assumption.

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5 Responses to Virgin Mary Shrine

  1. Vidya Tiru says:

    truly interesting. I learned something new today, and I wonder, does the name ‘bulbul’ mountain refer to the bird of the same name?

  2. Kemkem says:

    That must have been quite an amazing experience. Goes to show once again that we can all get along if we try. I had no idea that this existed. Thanks for sharing. I wouldn’t mind seeing it for myself. One more thing going on the list :-).

  3. Wow I would love to visit, but don’t know if that will ever happen, so thanks for the post and the photos. Thanks to the Holy Spirit for giving Mary such a peaceful and inspiring place to live out her life after the death of her son.

  4. Brenda Marie says:

    Wow, what I lovely place. Thanks for all the information.

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