Historic Notes About the Shrine

Historic Notes About the Shrine (HM269C)

Location: , İzmir 35920 Selçuk
Country: Turkey
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N 37° 54.714', E 27° 20.001'

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This place is considered to be the last home of the Blessed Virgin the Mother of Jesus Christ.

The Facts as found in the Scriptures:
· St. John in (h)is Gospel tells us that Jesus before dying on the Cross entrusted to him the care of His Mother when he said, "here is your mother" and from that hour St. John took Her to his own.
· The "Acts of the Apostles" relate how, after the dead of Christ,
His followers were persecuted in Jerusalem
St. Stephen was stoned in 37 A.D.
St. James was beheaded in 42 A.D.
And they further relate how they divided the world between them for preaching the Gospel: Saint John was given Asia Minor. Now Mary had been given to his care and with the persecutions he probably brought her with him.

The facts are confirmed historically:
There are two evidences:
· The presence of the tomb of St. John in Ephesus
· The presence of the first Basilica of the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. Also the Ecumenical Council of 431 A.D. was held in Ephesus in this Basilica for the definition of the dogma of the Divine Motherhood of Mary
The Council Fathers write about Nestorius: "...after his arrival to Ephesus, where John the Theologian and the Holy Virgin, Mother of God..."

Finally we find another oral confirmation

preserved faithfully by the Orthodox villagers of Kirkince. These people where the descendents of the Christians of Ephesus. They had passed from generation the belief of the Dormition of Mary in this place
so they called Panaghja Kapulu.
They have kept this tradition alive through the annual pilgrimage of 15th of August.

Discovery of this place:
In the last century there appeared a book: "the life of the Blessed Virgin" published in Germany. The material of this book comes from the revelations of a German stigmatized nun, Catherina Emmerich. She was invalid and had never left Germany. In her visions she described with amazing accuracy the hills of Ephesus and House where she saw the Blessed Virgin spending her last Years.
Accordingly, two scientific expeditions were organized in 1891 and they found this place in perfect and identical correspondent with the indications of Catherina Emmerich.

The Chapel:
The Chapel was rebuilt upon the original foundations of the house of the Blessed Virgin and have been determined to date back to the 1st and 4th centuries. Part of the building is of the 7th century and the last restoration took place in 1951.
HM NumberHM269C
Placed ByThe American Society of Ephesus, Inc
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Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 7:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)26S E 470697 N 4196092
Decimal Degrees37.91190000, 27.33335000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 54.714', E 27° 20.001'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 54' 42.8400" N, 27° 20' 0.0600" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Meryem Ana Yolu, İzmir 35920, TR
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