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House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)
House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)

Free admission
Ephesus

The Basics

According to Catholic doctrine, after the crucifixion of Jesus, St. John brought Mary to Ephesus with him to escape persecution for years 37-45 CE. She could very well have made this her home. Every day, Lazarist Fathers conduct mass at the 6th-century chapel inside.xa0 Full-day tours that include the house typically leave from Kusadasi and combine visits to the UNESCO-listed sites of Ephesus where you learn about 2000-year-old structures such as the Parliament House, Temple of Domitian, Memmius Monument, Heracles Gate, the Temple of Artemis, Selcuk Turkey, and Temple of Artemis.

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All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
$89.00 per adult
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Super day in Ephesus!
A most excellent day thanks to Ty, our tour guide! Ty gave exceptional historical explanations, with added humor, making the tour engaging and interesting. He was also extremely accommodating as I have mobility issues and found us shady places to talk and modified the tour accordingly. We also had an excellent lunch at the end of our morning. Many thanks to Ty and the bus driver!
Brenda_J, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Selçuk

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Amazing
Yelena_R, Jun 2022
PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
I’m so happy I booked this trip. Our guide Sardar met us at the port. He was kind and funny and very knowledgeable about history and architecture. The most important part, this trip was private so Sardar made sure to accommodate our needs and wants and also put a lot of interesting information in our heads. Also, I would like to mention that the car was very nice and comfortable.
star-5
Fabulous day out
Diana_A, Jun 2022
Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Marmaris
Beautiful scenery,fantastic weather and great experience. I highly recommend the whole experience,really worth it.
star-5
Best tour for Ephesus!!
Adriel_C, Jun 2022
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
This private tour was by far the highlight of our trip! Orkan, our tour guide was so knowledgeable about all of the sites. He also added a lot of humor and told many stories to enrich the entire experience. He definitely made the experience what it was. Very grateful we went with him as our tour guide. 1000% would recommend.
star-5
Excellent tour.
Louise_L, Jun 2022
PRIVATE Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Our guide was incredible. We learned so much on this tour in a very comfortable way. Everything was top drawer, from the van to the driver, to our guide and so much more. If you want to see and learn slot, while being thoroughly entertained, this is the tour for you.
star-5
Great experience
David_T, May 2022
Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & Artemission Small Group Tour(Max 16 pax)
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative. She was pleasant and took good care of us. Would highly recommend.
star-5
excellent day trip
Gordon_Z, May 2022
Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & Artemission Small Group Tour(Max 16 pax)
Enjoyed this tour a lot. Very good host. very informative and allows you to explore on your own if you wish. No pressure to hurry thru the sites. Would recommend. Was waiting at port arrival with sign with our name on it. Smooth and comfortable
star-5
Highlight of our trip!
Luke_B, May 2022
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Aysa was amazing!!! Knowledgeable and personable! Make sure you spend the extra 65 lira to go under tented excavation site in Ephesus. It was truly amazing!!!
star-5
A good excursion!
Anthony_F, May 2022
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
On time and comfortable pick up. Good communication from Provider. First class Guide , Aysha, knowledgeable and informative. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great Experience in Kusadasi.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
Ephesus,House of Virgin Mary and Basilica of Saint John Tour
Our time in Kusadasi was limited as we were in port only 5 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative as he shared information about his country and the sites we visited. Because this was a private tour for six we were able to customize the time we spent at each site to fit our schedule. The House of the Virgin Mary and Ephesus were amazing to see and was a very worthwhile experience.
star-5
Fab experience.
Janet_B, Apr 2022
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
Excellent guide and driver. Nothing too much trouble. Even though only 2 of us trip still were. Highly recommended to beat the crowd..
star-5
Unforgettable Ephesus-Virgin Mary House Tour
Wanda_B, Mar 2022
Mini Group (Max. 10 Guests) Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary- Definitely a Must your in Kusadasi and this private tour for the 8 of us was fabulous. Our guide Melih was extra knowledgeable, courteous, efficient, accommodating; and the driver was excellent. And the price was right. Muchas Gracias!!
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Highlight of our trip to Turkey!!!
Maria_A, Mar 2022
Daily Trip to House of Virgin Mary, Ancient City of Ephesus, Basilica of St.John
This was an amazing trip. We were picket up on time by our guide Mehmet who was excellent!!! The tour was better than promised and HIGHLY recommend it. We learned a lot about the history of that area of Turkey. Had a great lunch included in the tour.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • St. Mary’s House is an ideal stopover for people visiting Ephesus and want to know more about Christian history.
  • Bring Turkish Liras with for the small entrance fee.
  • Remember your passport, as guards may ask for ID.
  • No photos are allowed inside the house.
  • Dress appropriately: no shorts or skirts above the knees, cover your shoulders.
  • Those in wheelchairs are welcome.
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How to Get There

St. Mary’s House is located on Mt. Koressos near the Aegean coastline, about a 15-minute drive from Ephesus. Public transportation reaches the site, either drive or book a tour from Ephesus that includes a visit to the house. If you prefer driving, stop at the northern gate of Ephesus and walk about 2 miles (5 kilometers). Once in Orman Yolu Park, follow the signs for Meryemana, which is Turkish for St. Mary’s House.

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When to Get There

St. Mary’s House is open year-round, with extended hours from March to October. Visit the house in the morning and before closing time as it is quieter and the temperature is cooler. If you would like to experience the mass, come on a Sunday around 10:30am. In general, the weather in the region is the most pleasant from June to August.

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Is It Mary’s House?

While no conclusive evidence that declaratively supports the theory that Mary had spent the last years in Ephesus, there have been certain meaningful actions by papal authorities to authenticate the history of this house, however symbolic. Since 1896, several popes—Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius XII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI— have all visited the abode.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi)?
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