Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

One of the most spectacular destinations I had the pleasure of visiting was the ancient city of Ephesus, in the Izmir Province, Turkey. This ancient city dates back to the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital of Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. It has become an extremely popular tourist destination due in part to its proximity to the cruise ship port of Kusadasi.

In 1996, I was taking a Greek Islands cruise for the first time and there were two Turkish ports on the itinerary, Istanbul and Kusadasi. Both were incredible. We signed up for the optional tour to Ephesus and the Houses of the Virgin Mary and it was truly a magical full day experience.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John was said to have been written here in part as well. The excavations have revealed beautiful ruins giving modern travelers a glimpse into life centuries ago.

The Library of Celsus is probably the most famous of the architectural buildings unearthed. Each year, tens of thousands of tourists visit the site, as well as the ancient amphitheater, known as the Great Theater of Ephesus. Many modern day artists have performed there such as Elton John, Diana Ross and Sting to name a few.

Nine kilometers away is the House of the Virgin Mary, which is located on the top of the Bulbul mountain. It is said that Mary came to this area with Saint John to spread Christianity. It was said that she spent her final days on earth in this area. Check out this video to learn more about Ephesus.


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