THROWBACK Thursday - Ephesus Turkey

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Ephesus

Our Lady of Ephesus Turkey - Holy Water

In 2007. Rick retired from a 35+ year career at UPS.  We planned two major vacations, one for our birthdays in Winter and one for our 35th Wedding anniversary in Summer.  I picked the summer excursion.  It included a stay in Rome, a 10-day Mediterranian cruise, and a final four days in Venice.

Kusadasi Turkey - 2007

Kusadasi Turkey

One of our stops was in Kusadasi, Turkey.  We signed up for a tour of Ephesus, which included a little shopping and a tour of the last home of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ephesus Sheri September 7, 2007

The Ruins at Ephesus

The Home of the Virgin Mary

The Last Home of the Virgin Mary

The House of the Virgin Mary was rediscovered in 1891.   You can read about the rediscovery at the link.  This is believed to be the last home of her earthly life.  Mary was brought here by Saint John the Apostle, who was one of the first disciples of John the Baptist. 

Sheri At House of Virgin Mary

This part of the tour was self-guided, but it was fascinating to see this history.  Many Popes have made Papal visits to this location.  It is revered by Muslims and Christians alike.  The site was elevated to the status of a "Holy Place" made permanent by Pope John XXIII. 

Drinking Fountain and Holy Water

I wasn't expecting...

When we went to the ruins at Ephesus, we had some idea of what we would see and learn.  But that was not the case at Our Lady of Ephesus home. 

September 8th is the Virgin Mary's Birthday.

After we came in by tour bus, many tour buses followed.  We couldn't understand why it was so busy.  We discovered that the day we visited was the birthday of the Virgin Mary.  Her birthday is September 8th! 

There was also a spring that went under her house.  It has been said that there are healing powers from the fountain's waters (above).  We bought a few small bottles to fill with this holy water and gave them as gifts.  I kept one bottle; the water is still pure 16 years later. 

Holy Water

Church scholars say there are much better indications that Mary's permanent house was in Jerusalem.  All I know for sure... This is a very special place, and I was happy that we could make it there to see it.

"Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul."

Jamie Lyn Beatty. 

Comments (21)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sheri and Rick...what a way to celebrate your anniversary and your birthdays!!!  seein your photos and reading your information about the area makes me want to read more about the whole area. 

Sep 07, 2023 06:39 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan,

It was an excellent way to transition to "retirement."   This is in quotes because I eventually went into real estate in 2011. 

Sep 07, 2023 06:55 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I really enjoyed Turkey.  I just noticed that Ray Henson has started his series and his first post is on their recent trip to Turkey.  I think you will enjoy reading his posts.

Sep 07, 2023 06:57 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Since I have no plans to travel abroad, I love that you and Ray Henson have shared your journey.  So many wonderful places around the world Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Sep 08, 2023 05:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for the Throwback Thursday - that sounds like a wonderful trip!

Sep 08, 2023 05:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Sheri... this sounds like a fascinating trip... color me green with envy. I've been to Rome and other old Italian cities, to Greece, but never to Turkey.

Sep 08, 2023 07:27 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - I am glad we got to travel when we did.  Social media was not big back then, so there were not as many people visiting.

Sep 08, 2023 08:47 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - Back then you went through a travel agency and we had one of the best.  They knew the right tours and tour guides to get.

Sep 08, 2023 08:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - You are such an extensive traveler, I am surprised you haven't visited Turkey.  I know you would enjoy it.

Sep 08, 2023 08:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... when I lived in the Middle East my only desire was to travel as far away from it as possible as often as possible! :)

Sep 08, 2023 10:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your travel adventures and your photographs.

Sep 08, 2023 10:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

Thank you for taking us along on this wonderful journey - the photos are awesome. I've been to Italy several times but never to Turkey.

I have been following Ray's posts on his travels to Turkey.

Jeff

Sep 08, 2023 12:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That was a wonderful trip, Sheri.  Turkey has been on my bucket list for awhile.

Sep 08, 2023 07:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 08, 2023 07:22 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thank you for featuring this post, Myrl.  I appreciate it. 

Sep 10, 2023 06:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  Turkey was always on my list to stop and visit, now that Traveling to Europe is not on my list I will have to enjoy it through your posts and pictures Endre

Sep 09, 2023 10:39 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thanks, Roy, for stopping by!  Have a great week ahead. 

Sep 10, 2023 06:09 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you.  It is hard to believe that it has been awhile since we went.  But I won't forget it anytime soon. 

Sep 10, 2023 06:10 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - This trip was also a shopping trip.  I did pick up a rug, also.  It is so interesting to shop in another country.  

Sep 10, 2023 06:13 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I really enjoyed reading your Throwback Thursday post about Ephesus and Kusadasi.  We loved walking the ancient streets of Ephesus.  Could you imagine watching a play at their theater when it was waterfront property?  I had heard about the area being the last resting place of Mary, but we did not get a chance to see it.  We did get a picture similar to yours!

                         The Library at Ephesus

Sep 13, 2023 05:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

We took a very similar trip and when our driver was taking us see the House of Virginia Mary there had been a fire and it was unbelievable it had been spared. We loved walking the ancient streets of Ephesus. I picked up a rug too! I love the quote by Jamie Lynn Beatty...perfect one to live by!

Sep 24, 2023 04:55 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Sheri! I've never traveled to Ephesus (or anywhere in Turkey) - at least NOT YET! Turkey is definitely on my bucket list. My BFF once visited there on a mission trip and said it was one of the most beautiful places she had ever visited - and your pictures are stunning.

My brother who was in the USAF, was stationed there and also said it is such beautiful countryside. One day...

 

Oct 01, 2023 10:16 PM