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House of Virgin Mary and Ancient Ephesus

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House of Virgin Mary and Ancient Ephesus

After meeting your professional guide at the Kusadasi pier, your Ephesus excursion will depart for the House of the Virgin Mary. It is known with certainty that the Virgin Mary went to Ephesus and lived there for some time. Whether she died in Ephesus is not confirmed, and her final resting place is still contested. In the late 1800s, a stigmatized German nun who had never been to Ephesus, Anne Catherine Emmerich, had a vision of the House of the Virgin Mary and described it in detail to German writer Clemens Brentano, who later published a book about it. In 1891 Paul, Superior of the Lazarists from Izmir, read about her vision and found a little building which corresponded with Emmerich's descriptions. Although the foundations were from the 1st Century A.D., the house itself dates only back to the 5th century A.D. The site was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, and since then it has become a popular place of pilgrimage. Popes visited the shrine in 1967 and again in 2006.

In the ancient site of Ephesus, the greatest port city in Asia Minor during the years of the Roman Empire, you will walk with your guide as they bring to life the many famous sites of Ephesus including the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, and the Thermal Baths of Scolastika. You will also view the remains of the main Agora and the Great Theater, which was built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period.

Returning to the town of Kusadasi, guests will have the option to end their tour in the shopping area, where they can attend a Turkish carpet explanation and shop, explore the shops filled with jewelry, carpets, leather ware, and copper goods, or both. Turkish salespeople expect you to haggle and quite often you can get 10-15% off the listed price. Treat it as an adventure. The cruise pier is a 5-10 minute walk from the main shopping area.

Guests not wishing to attend the optional carpet shopping should advise their guide and they will be taken directly back to the pier.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting a religious site. Comfortable, sensible walking shoes are recommended.
Guests must be able to walk over packed dirt, cobblestone and rock pavements. Many of these are uneven. Steps are required at various points throughout the city. Most of Ephesus is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 23 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsVery organized and professionalAugust 08, 2019

Reviewer: Rudy
Very reliable, organized and professional. Great tour

4 StarsSpiritual placeJuly 27, 2019

Reviewer: Beryl Salvatore
The tour of the House of the Virgin Mary was lovely.. Very spiritual place, but could have used more time.

5 StarsEphesusJune 30, 2019

Reviewer: ROBERT d volpe
Excellent..don't change anything!

5 StarsBeautiful inspiring sacred placeJune 01, 2019

Reviewer: Barb Singer
Our guide was so knowledgeable, it was a real pleasure to do this tour. The ride to House of the Virgin Mary was very interesting, with lots of details about Ephesus and its history. The House itself was beautiful, really wonderful information. Had plenty of time to soak in the experience. Really glad I did this tour.

5 StarsEphesusJanuary 04, 2017

Reviewer: Karen Lewis
Excursion was excellent. Excellent gude. Great time. Only thing I would recommend is that people are told they do not need to go to rug demonstration at the end.

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