THE BASILICA OF ST. JOHN AND THE HOUSE OF THE VIRGIN MARY - CHRISTIAN TRADITION BETWEEN TRUTH AND LEGEND
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Spiritualism and contemplation will characterise the visit to two buildings that symbolise Christian tradition in Ephesus - the Basilica of St. John and the House of the Virgin Mary.
- Selcuk Fortress
- Basilica of St. John
- House of the Virgin Mary
- We will arrive by coach near Selcuk Fortress , which finally reopened to the public in September 2012 after many years. It is located on Ayasluk hill, where St. John is said to have written his Gospel. The menacing look of the fortress is softened by the surrounding lush greenery and wonderful flowers. The Basilica of St. John, located in this area, is considered the most relevant Byzantine building in Ephesus.
- It was commissioned by Justinian I and Queen Theodora in the 4th century AC on the ruins of a small church on top of the tomb of St. John, who died in Ephesus in 100 AC. The Basilica is embellished by two sets of columns with brick arches, a richly decorated marble fountain and the imposing "Gate of Persecution" (built against Arab attacks), all testimonies of a strongly spiritual age.
- We will then continue towards the House of the Virgin Mary, which was declared a place of pilgrimage in 1892. After the death of Jesus, Mary retreated to a house on the Bulbul mountain in Ephesus for 46 years. It remained forgotten until 200 years ago and in more recent times it became a place of pilgrimage for Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
- Before returning to the ship, we will stop at a shop with local products.
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- Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.
- Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship is recommended for the visit to the House of the Virgin Mary.