According to Christian belief Virgin Mary may have spent her last days in this house which was erected on the slope of the Bulbul Mountain. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Before Jesus was crucified Apostle John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus by the, because Jesus entrust her to John’s care (John 19:26-27) and St. John wanted to spread Cristianty in Ephesus whose people were believing goddess Artemis. However Virgin Mary preferred a remote place arouns Ephesus rather than living in center where people were beliving paganism as her son died on the way of God.
Foundation History of Mary’s House
One of the other history about Virgin Mary’s House starts with a small girl who was a nun later in a Catholic church. The German nun, Katerin Emmerik who had lieved about two houndered years ago had some holly visions about all Mary’s life and spiritually connected with Virgin Mary by going into trances. She was whispering in a different language. As no one could understand her, author Clemens Brentano was sent to visit Emmerich who could understand her transcribe the visions she reported. After Emmerich’s death Brentano published a book based on his transcriptions of her reported visions called “The Life of Virgin Mary”. Some details in the book interested the archeologist. She mentioned that Mary’s House was stituated on the hill where see visible from the hillside. Archaeologists who have examined the area and found its foundation with three room cross shape date 1st century AD. After Paul VI who was the first pope to visit this place in the 1960’s visited to the Mary’s House a small church was built on the foundation of the house. Later, in the 1980’s, during his visit, Pope John-Paul II declared the Shrine of Virgin Mary has a pilgrimage place for Christians.
The House of the Virgin Mary is serving as a church which is visited by Christians as well as Muslims who know Mary as the mother of one of their prophets.