Ephesus in Selçuk District, İzmir, Turkey — Aegean Region (Coastal)
Last Home of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of Jesus Christ
Notice About The Shrine
This place is considered to be the last home of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of Jesus Christ.
The Facts According to the Scriptures: St. John, in his Gospel, tells us that Jesus, before dying on the Cross, entrusted to him the care of His Mother when He said: “Here is your Mother,” and from that hour St. John took Her to his own. The “Acts of the Apostles” relate how, after the death of Christ, His followers were persecuted in Jerusalem. St. Stephen was stoned in 37 A.D., St. James was beheaded in 42 A.D. And they further relate how they divided the world between them for preaching the Gospel, and Saint John was given Asia Minor. Now, Mary had been given to his care, and, with the persecutions, probably brought her with him to Asia Minor.
The Facts Are Confirmed Historically: There are 2 evidences: 1, the presence of the tomb of St. John in Ephesus, and 2, the presence of the first Basilica of the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. In the early days of the Church, places of worship were only dedicated to persons who had lived or died in the locality.
Also, the Ecumenical Council 431 was held in Ephesus in this Basilica for the definition of the dogma of the Divine Motherhood of Mary. The Council Fathers write about Nestorious:
There is another confirmation in the oral tradition of Villagers of Kirkindje. These people were the descendants of the Christians of Ephesus. They had passed from generation to generation, the belief of the death of Mary in this place, so they called PANAGHIA KAPULU. They have kept this tradition alive through the annual pilgrimage of 15th August.
Discovery of This Place in 19th Century: During the 19th Century [the book] “Life of the Blessed Virgin” was published in Germany. The material for this book came from the revelations of a stigmatizet nun, Anna Catherina Emmerich. She was an invalid and had never left Germany. In her visions she described with amazing accuracy the hills of Ephesus and the house where she saw the Blessed Virgin spending her last years.
Accordingly, 2 scientific expeditions were organized, and they found this place perfectly agreeing with her description.
The Chapel: The chapel was rebuilt upon the original foundations that have been determined to date as of the 1st and 4th centuries. Part of the building is of the 7th century, and the last restoration took place in 1951.
For more information please apply to the address below:
The American Society of Ephesus, Inc. (George
327 North Elizabeth Street,
Lima, Ohio 45801, U.S.A.
Erected by The American Society of Ephesus, Inc.
Location. 37° 54.705′ N, 27° 20.019′ E. Marker is in Ephesus, İzmir, in Selçuk District. Touch for map. Marker is on the south side of the pathway to the shrine, east of the parking area off Meryem Ana Yolu, southeast of the main ruins of ancient Ephesus, and approximately 4.3 miles southwest from the city of Selçuk. Marker is in this post office area: Ephesus, İzmir 35920, Turkey.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Inscriptions Museum (approx. 2.8 kilometers away in Izmir Province); Hydrekdocheion (approx. 2.8 kilometers away in Izmir Province); Processional Way (approx. 2.9 kilometers away); The 'State Agora' (approx. 2.9 kilometers away in İzmir Province); Pollio Monument and Fountain of Domitian (approx. 2.9 kilometers away in Izmir Province); The Bouleuterion (approx. 2.9 kilometers away in İzmir Province); The 'Rhodian Peristyle' and The Prytaneum (approx. 3 kilometers away in Izmir Province); The Memmius Monument (approx. 3 kilometers away in Izmir Province).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this
Also see . . .
1. House of the Virgin Mary (Ephesus). (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Tomb of the Virgin, Jerusalem. - discussion of the contention (made by most Palestinians and others) that Mary's tomb is really in Jerusalem. (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Islam's View of Mary. (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Mt. Koressos (Turkish: Bülbüldağı, "Mount Nightingale"); Selçuk; Turkish: Meryemana or Meryem Ana Evi, "Mother Mary's House"
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