The House of Mother Mary

Opposite the Ephesus Retreat is the house of the Virgin Mary.

The house of the Mother Mary is the alleged last abode and therefore perhaps the death of Mother Maria.

The story of the discovery of the Mother Mary’s home goes back to the blind nun Anna Katharina Emmerick from Germany who lived in the 18th century.

Katharina is said to have described in many visions the life of Mary in Ephesus together with the apostle John. Among them was a detailed description of the location of the house

The writer Clemens Brentano visited the nun and summarized the content of her visions in his notes and later in books.

In the records of Brentano it is said that the apostle John had gone to Ephesus with Mary and had lived with her in a house overlooking the sea. Here Mary was also buried and you should find the grave one day.

The books reached via detours to Smyrna, today’s Izmir.

Search for the House

The search for the house was initiated by the French nobleman and queen Adele Marie de Mandat-Grancey. She was at that time the superintendent of the French Marienkrankenhaus in Smyrna.

She told her confessor, Father Henri Jung, who belonged to the Order of St. Lazarus, of the book of Brentano and the description of the house.

The Alsatian-born priest then set off for Ephesus with a five-member group at the urging of Adele Marie de Mandat-Grancey.

Together with local guides they searched for the house on the described hill above the ruins. In fact, they found ruins of a stone house on the spot that had already described the nun in Germany.

Adele Marie de Mandat-Grancey bought after negotiations with the Ottoman government, the area in November 1892 with the inherited from her family assets. She had the ruins rebuilt under the direction of Father Jung.

Since then, Mother Mary’s house has been one of the most important places of pilgrimage for Christians in Turkey.

Meryem ana evi, also an important place for Muslims

As the mother of the prophets Īsā ibn Maryam – as Jesus is called in the Koran – Mary is the only named woman in the entire book.

As a result, their place of residence also has an important significance for Muslims.

A visit to the house should help especially poor people. The water from the wells next to the house is also said to have a certain healing effect. The guides are happy to tell you how to drink the water from the three pipes. For example, some are supposed to provide happiness, others provide for children.

14th February 2019; Arne