THREE POPES VISITED MARY'S HOUSE
Paul VI kept his word and after a triumphal entry to Istanbul he came to pay his respects to Virgin Mary in Ephesus, on 26th July 1967. He entered the shrine escorted by the crowd. He prayed for a long time in front of the altar and he himself lit the sculpted lamp he had brought. In memory of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey, he gave the superior of the sisters of Charity who live there a gold chalice for their oratory. Pope John Paul II also came to Virgin Mary on 30th November 1979, after an official visit to Ankara.
Although the pilgrimage of these two Popes does not constitute official recognition of Virgin Mary House as the place where Mary lived and died, they did at least make known to the whole world, through press and television, the existence of the shrine. Lastly Pope Benedictus XVI visit Turkey in November 2006. Turkey welcomed Pope Benedict with a great honor.
The House of Virgin Mary : the place where she is believed to have spent her last years. It is recorded that St. John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ and that a small house was built for her on Bulbuldagi Mount. On 26th July 1967, Pope Paul VI visited The House of Virgin Mary and declared one of the pilgrimage center for Christianity.
Ephesus : which has been a religious center of the early Christianity in ancient timeľ Apostol Paul and Apostol John stayed and preached in Ephesus! Our days, one can see the extensive ruins including the The Odeon, State Agora, The Prytaneion, Domitian Square, Hercules Gate, The Fountain of Trajan-one of the finest monuments in Ephesus, Temple of Hadrian, walk through the Curetes Street, Celsius Library-was the third largest library with the capacity of 12,000 scrolls, The Gymnasium, The Grand Theatre-most magnificent structure in Ephesus, The Arcadian Way..and much more monuments remained preserved till our days, constantly reminding us the great history of this ancient city.
Sirince Village : Only 15 minute drive from Ephesus and pretty old Turkish-Orthodox Sirince Village located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards, fruit trees and olive groves, tangerine and fig lands and the rocky cliffs covered with pine forest. The village has synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture. The village has a nicely restored Orthodox church. You will be welcomed by the local women on the narrow streets with cobble stone pavements, and selling handcrafts ,kilims and rugs , olive oil and other organic products. Drive back to Izmir Cruise Port
RATES : Prices for per person * Please, contact us for group rates
|Izmir Shore Excursions||6-7 HOURS|
|1 person||2 persons||3 persons||4 persons||5 persons||6 persons|
|320 $ / 280 €||190 $ / 175 €||150 $ / 130 €||125 $ / 110 €||100 $ / 90 €||95 $ / 85 €|
RESERVATION : We will contact you at your request and answer Max. 12 hours
- Professional licensed guide
- Pick-up and drop off from Izmir Cruise port
- All Entrance fees
- Non-smoking A/C Vip vehicles
- Tradinational Lunch , you can choice Fish , Meat , Chicken or Veg Menu
- Driver and guide tips