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Where Virgin Mary dwells

india Updated: Nov 17, 2009 19:30 IST
Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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It may sound exaggerated but it’s true — one feels a little more ‘complete’ after a visit to the place where Virgin Mary is thought to have spent her last days. No wonder, then, that the small stone house (now restored and converted into a chapel) located on Mt. Koressos, nine kilometres off Ephesus in Turkey, attracts many pilgrims every year.

The structure was discovered in 1881 by the Abbé Julien Gouyet of Paris, and it matched the visions of the German nun Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824).

A bronze statue with outstretched arms welcomes you to the shrine, which has a kitchen, a bedroom and two praying rooms.
The most sacred part is the Water of Mary at the exit of the church. A spring of salt water runs under the house and is said to have curative properties. Close to the spring is a prayer wall, where one can write and tie their wish to the wall.
The only sounds you can hear in the hills is bird song — it is only when you walk towards the shops located outside that you hear the first human sounds since entering the chapel — people keep their silence here, adding to the magic of the place.

The stone house where Mother Mary spent her last days is a must-visit for the devout.