A holy shrine to the supposed death place of St. Mary, the House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus is a standing testament to the home of the beloved mother of Jesus. Many believe that the house was indeed the place where she spent her final days, and today you can visit the restored stone house, which now serves as a chapel.

Serving as sacred territory for Christians and Muslims alike, the significance of the house has called hundreds of thousands of visitors and pilgrims since its discovery in the 19th-century. Remnants of the chapel date as far back as the 6th-century, and serves as the place where its caretakers, the Lazarist Fathers, conduct mass every day. Despite the altar placed within, the house still contains a bedroom and kitchen, decorated with pictures of Mary and candles.

Many believe that the spring that runs beneath the house is blessed and possesses the power to heal, and once you enter the house, you can see left behind crutches and other apparatus’ that were apparently left behind amid miracles.

Practical Info

Once in Orman Yolu Park, there are plenty of signs available from both the upper and lower entrances that will guide you to the house, just follow the ones that say Meryemana, Turkish for House of the Virgin.

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Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. A commercial, religious and social center during ancient ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Rewind 2,000 years on this day trip to incredible Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary from Istanbul, including round-trip flights. Fly to Izmir and drive to ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $288.00
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Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

4.5 star rating: Recommended 98 Reviews

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Izmir Shore Excursion: Day Trip to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

When you're in port in Izmir, don’t miss exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. This Turkey ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

Izmir Shore Excursion: Private Tour to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

When your cruise docks in the Izmir port, see some of the most popular sights in Turkey on a private shore excursion to Ephesus. Your private tour guide will ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.62

Private Tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

On this privately guided tour, journey to ancient Ephesus with such sites as the ruins of the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsius and the Temple of Hadrian, ...  Read more

Location: Izmir, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.25

3-Day Tour from Istanbul to Kusadasi: Troy, Gallipoli and Ephesus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Blend Turkish history with must-see sights on a 3-day tour from Istanbul to Kusadasi! With an expert guide, visit the poignant World War I battlefields —  ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $490.00

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