The House of the Virgin Mary is located on the top of the mountain, a long winding beautiful drive up the mountains brings you to the site. Discovered in the 19th century, the house was found using the descriptions from the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich who was a Catholic nun and visionary. Although the church ha
s never stated that the House is Mary’s, there has been a steady flow of pilgrims. Cyprus trees and the landscape of Turkey lies before you in incredible vistas, and as you enter the area you are greeted by a sea of green and armed guards from the Turkish government. Apparently Mary preferred this remote, peaceful area and was brought here by the Disciple John where she stayed until her Assumption into heaven.
The house of Virgin Mary was made entirely of stones and dates back to the 4th Century AD. The house is a two story structure which contained an anteroom, bedroom and prayer room which is considered the Christian Church area. There is also a fireplace room which is used as a Muslim Chapel. The property was restored in the 1940’s after it had fallen into ruins. These days only the central part of the house and a room to the right of the altar are open to pilgrims. The house was declared the Shrine of the Virgin Mary by Pope John-Paul II in the 1980’s. Every year a pilgrimage and ceremony takes place to honour Mary’s Assumption.
Outside the shrine is the “Water of Mary”, a wishing well of sorts which is believed to be the source of miracles. Pilgrims tie there personal wishes and worries on paper or fabric in the hope that it’s miraculous powers will give them some comfort. Pilgrims can also drink the water from the well as it is believed it can heal all ills.
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