House Of Virgin Mary and Ancient Ephesus
Our visit to Ephesus brings
us to the site of the fourth of our Seven Wonders.
Ephesus was an Ancient Greek city on the coast of
Ionia. It’s now in Turkey. It was famed for the nearby
Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders,
completed around 550BC.
The temple, with more than 100 marble pillars each
standing 56 feet tall took 120 years to build and it
earned the city the name ‘Servant of the Goddess.’
A single solitary pillar remains standing on the site,
found during an excavation in the 1870s.
As with so many places in the Eastern Mediterranean,
Ephesus changed hands many times over the
centuries. But it remains one of the largest Roman
archaeological sites in the region. You will be in awe
of this incredible historic complex and the ruins you
explore still give some idea of the original splendour of
Among the sights to be admired still are the iconic
and instantly recognisable Library of Celsus, the Gate
of Augustus, Magnesian Gate, the Agora, Odeon, the
Houses of the Patricians, the Great Theatre, Hadrian’s
Temple and the House of the Virgin Mary.
One legend suggests Mary may have spent her last
years here following Jesus’ instruction to St John the
Evangelist to look after his mother. Many consider it to
have been her final home and it has become a place of
In 1957 the Vatican formalised this recognition. Three
Popes have visited. Another reason why Ephesus is
important in Christianity is that the apostle Paul lived,
preached and wrote extensively here including his
Letter to the Corinthians.
Our tour includes time to shop for souvenirs, jewellery,
leather and other goods.
Ephesus is one of the largest, most fascinating and
most inspiring open-air archaeological museums
in the world. This is an excursion you are unlikely to