House of Virgin Mary

House of Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary House was shockingly discovered by Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich, a German nun in the year 1812. Sister Emmerich had detailed visions and visited Jerusalem in her sleep where she saw St. John and the Virgin Mary travel from to Ephesus. She remembered seeing a rectangular-shaped stone house which was built by St. John for the Virgin Mary.

The house had a fireplace and an apse, and there was also a round back wall. Mary's bedroom is next to the apse where she has running water nearby. Sister Emmerich said that at the age of 64, The Virgin Mary died. She was then buried in a cave near her house for some time until her coffin was opened but it turns out both the burial shroud and coffin were found empty. Then, it became a chapel area for perishable items.

House of Virgin Mary

Years after reading what Brentano wrote, Gouyet searched for the Virgin's House and finally found it matching Sister Emmerich's descriptions. He then sent letters to both Paris and Rome with no response. Two Catholic officials and a Lazarist priest went to Ephesus on June 27, 1891 to see the Virgin Mary’s house. They found a small chapel with an unrecognizable statue of her inside. When they returned to Izmir from their discovery, more priests were sent out so that people could be able to visit the site for pilgrimage purposes by 1892. In 1897 it was restored and a shelter was built for visitors outside the home.

Years after reading what Brentano wrote, Gouyet searched for the Virgin's House and finally found it matching Sister Emmerich's descriptions. He then sent letters to both Paris and Rome with no response. Two Catholic officials and a Lazarist priest went to Ephesus on June 27, 1891 to see the Virgin Mary’s house. They found a small chapel with an unrecognizable statue of her inside. When they returned to Izmir from their discovery, more priests were sent out so that people could be able to visit the site for pilgrimage purposes by 1892. In 1897 it was restored and a shelter was built for visitors outside the home.

A very special event is being celebrated in the shrine on August 15. It is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Every year, Orthodox, Muslim and Catholic clergy conduct a service, which is made joint effort by all three branches. This rare occasion has seen all three branches united as one for once.