Ephesus Ancient City

House of Mother Mary

Many tours of ancient Ephesus include a side trip to the so-called House of the Virgin Mary. This sacred site lies several miles south of Ephesus, up on the top of a mountain. Unlike barren Ephesus, Mary's house is hidden in a forest, where the temperatures are several degrees cooler and shade is ample. If you're visiting Ephesus in the summer, you'll appreciate the literal atmosphere at Mary's house.