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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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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul
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Small-Group: Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Day Trip from Istanbul
$325.00 per adult
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It was an absolute privilege to walk...
It was an absolute privilege to walk in the same paths and alleys as were some of the political giants, gladiators and philosophers of the Roman empire had walked and to experience the Christian history of this ancient jewel. What made our visit to Ephesus so special, was that our guide Ismail majored in history, archaeology and religion as part of his bachelors degree. It was amazing to discover some of the hidden gems in Ephesus and to imagine what the city must have looked like 2000 years ago :-
Mariska M, Jun 2017

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Luis_R, May 2021
Small Group: Full Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary From Kusadasi
It was an excellent and wonderful experience, especially because of the assigned guide. Gonca or Rosita is a person who loves her work, she did her best, she explained everything to us, she made us feel happy, all 10 out of 10, thank you very much.
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Great Guide (Thank You, Aysegul)
Vlad_S, Oct 2020
Ephesus Tour with The House of Virgin Mary From Izmir
We loved it! Our guide Aysegul is a professional archeologist and a historian. Aysegul was extremely knowledgable not only about Ephesus, but about the whole Anatolia region and the antique world. We highly recommend visiting the terrace houses in Ephesus and the local museum (see the bust of Marcus Aurelius!). Thanks again, we hope to come back soon!
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Awesome
Jonathan_B, Oct 2020
Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Excellent!! Incredible! A must if you in the area at all . Tour guide ( Riza) and driver (Burak) were amazing !!!
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Excellent experience
Daneesha_G, Aug 2020
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
Excellent n very well explained by tour guide. He was very knowledgeable n gave us a full history lesson about Ephesus n house of Mary. Me n my husband We were the only two people on the trip n still he explained all n stayed with us all through the trip. It’s very highly recommended if u go to turkey u can’t miss that
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An Incredible Day in the Ancient World
Florence_I, Jun 2020
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Awesome! A++ experience! Our guide, Gonca, was extremely knowledgeable, very accomodating, and personable. We would request her again. The tour was well organized and with Gonca's explanations we were very satisfied with the entire day. Our family is still talking about it a year later!
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A great day!
Alyssa, Mar 2020
Mini Group (Max. 10 Guests) Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour
Gufte was an awesome guide! She took us on a really great tour and I learned so much. We got a lot of free time to wander around and also spent some time with her learning about all of the amazing history. We had such a good time that she convinced me to join her and the group the next day to go to Pamukkale! I’m so grateful for her time and how she made it so much fun.
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All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, Virgin Mary House including Lunch
Passenger242452, Dec 2019
All inclusive Private Tour: Ephesus, Artemis, The House of Virgin Mary, LUNCH
Excellent tour. Our tour guide was great!!! The lunch we had at the carpet factory was awesome. If you interested in buying a Turkish rag make sure you know the size of the rug you want. The rugs are unbelievable but can be pricey but you are getting a quality rug that will last for generations. Having a private tour is the way to go. Ephesus is a must see. Viator did not disappoint.
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Dubai Cruise
bjarnold2019, Dec 2019
Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & Artemission Small Group Tour(Max 16 pax)
Everything was great: approx. 14 people in the group. The tour guide let the group dictate the speed and any additional sites that we wanted to see if any...he was awesome. I forget his name sorry.
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Best part of our Turkey trip!
chriscords, Nov 2019
Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi
Our private guide (Begum) was absolutely excellent. She new all the facts plus more. She was friendly and funny and her English was excellent too. The tour was well-paced and we saw everything we wanted. The tour was completely flexible and we were able to stay as long or as little at each location depending on what we wanted. The lunch was great too. Highly recommend!
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Great day
Parveenrani786, Oct 2019
Small-Group Tour: Half-Day Ancient Ephesus Tour With House of Virgin Mary
It was an awesome day. Turned into a full day tour as visitors from cruise took over the town!!! It was amazing to stand in wonder an reflect in St Johns basilica and the absolute calm in the house if Mary. Definitely recommend OJ, our guide for the day. She was so informative and supportive to me especially with my walking difficulties. Really patient and looking out. Thank you for a wonderful day OJ.
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The best part of my trip to Turkey
Aura_M, Nov 2020
Private Day Trip from Istanbul to Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
This was the highlight of my trip to Turkey. I am very happy with the whole experience. There was great communication from the beginning. My driver in Istanbul, Osque, picked me up on time at my hostel and was very professional. The process to catch the flight was easy and my tour guide, Riza, and driver in Izmir, Okan, were there waiting with a sign on time. Riza was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. He asked my opinion on which extra stops I’d like to make. The lunch recommendation was spot on. I would let Riza lead the way on selecting the food. It was delicious. Seeing Ephesus was an amazing experience beyond what I thought it would be. And being in a small, private tour is much easier to be flexible and ask questions. Definitely worth the expense.
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Beyond expectations ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Queenbee4575, Oct 2019
Private Ephesus and The House of Virgin Mary Tour from Kusadasi
Well, we certainly lucked out with our guide, “Tanner.” If you could design an ideal travel guide, he’s it. Tanner is extremely well traveled, well spoken, funny, patient, charming, and knew the answer to every one of our group’s thousand weird questions. He’s also very good looking—that didn’t hurt! Tanner assessed pretty intuitively our tour expectations. We got to the Virgin Mary house as soon as it opened. Lovely and meaningful for our friends. On to Ephesus—one of my favorite places in the world. Tanner knew everything about even the most obscure historical questions like, How big were the underground pipes? What did the Ephesians use for.. um.. T.P.? Who were their slaves? Etc. Finally, we went to a Turkish carpet cooperative where we had, not kidding, THE best meal I had during a 10-day trip. Saw how silk thread is made and a demonstration (astonishing) of the intricate, ancient art of rug knotting. A beautiful traditional rug showing with zero obligations. Our friends bought nothing, but we are thrilled to have made a purchase, with excellent bargaining help from our guide. All customs were explained to us by Tanner. I love Viator. Obviously we cannot say enough about a Tanner and this excellent tour.... you will be thrilled.

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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Wildcard

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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