The focal point of our trip to Turkey was visiting places of religious significance. The House of the Virgin Mary was by far one of the most serene places we visited. There is a sense of calmness in the air, a place of reverence, a place we would love to return to in a heartbeat.
Located approximately 27 kilometres from the town of Kusadasi, which is home to most of the hotels and shopping areas, the House of the Virgin Mary or Meryem Ana Evi (as it is known in Turkish) is a Catholic and Muslim shrine that attracts tourists of all faiths.
The house which is now a chapel is a typical Roman architectural design made entirely of stones. Archaeologists who have examined the house believe most of the building dates from the 6th or 7th century while its foundations are much older and may well date from the 1st century, at the time of Mary.
The peace that permeates the house and its surroundings is unforgettable and infectious making us forget about all the doubts that some people have about the authenticity of site. Surrounded by aromatic pine trees, the hallowed ground instils a sense of calm and quietude on its visitors.
We spent some time inside the chapel praying and just absorbing the serenity of the environment. It was truly a spiritual moment for us, although we were a little sceptical when we first arrived to the site.