THROWBACK Thursday - Ephesus Turkey

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When I saw that Sheri Sperry - MCNE® had been to Ephesus I just had to share her post.  Of the Seven Churches of Revelation that we visited, Ephesus is the one that has been rebuilt most extensively.  The theater above used to be at the water's edge.  Could you imagine watching a show when it was originally built?  It must have been surreal. 

The last post of my series following our trip through Turkey will be a summary of the Seven Churches of Revelation, so this is just a small tidbit to whet your appetite.  One of our pictures is much like Sheri's, though.  I think it is mandatory that we all have to take a picture of the Library at Ephesus.  It is really cool!

The Library at Ephesus

Are you proud of me, Brian England.  Nary a mention of Pickleball or that your #ResistanceIsFutile


Original content by Sheri Sperry - MCNE® NRDS # 146013739


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.

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Comments (17)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I would love to visit Ephesus - My husband went when he was a teen aged Marine - but I suspect that the Marine Corps didn't include a lot of sightseeing.

Sep 17, 2023 07:08 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Sep 17, 2023 07:27 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

what an incredible vacation to see these magnificent locations of history!

Sep 17, 2023 07:29 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Sunday!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Sep 17, 2023 11:34 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nice re-blog  Ray Henson  for the robo commenters, might think you do not know your days of the week:))) let's see how many just plod along.... I have never made it to Turkey never the less traveled all over Europe during my four year stint in the US Army in germany... sadly now I lost the interest of traveling so I have to enjoy through photos and posts like this from Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Sep 17, 2023 12:04 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, probably Sheri or Rick read your post, and fondly remembered their trip.   Sure looks and sounds beautiful.

Sep 17, 2023 12:17 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a really good post to reblog and I was extremely proud of you Ray Henson until the very end when you had to mention the p word, haha. #NoPickleballForBrian

Sep 18, 2023 05:40 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It was a very interesting site, Lise Howe, with long Roman streets, shrines, a section of homes from the period, mosaics, painted art on the walls and even some kid's graffiti.  I think it was the most interesting site that we visited on our trip.

Sep 18, 2023 08:34 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®.  I hope you have a great week and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  😃

We really thought the same thing, faye schubert.  I think the Ephesus site was the the best of the best that we were able to visit. 

Sep 18, 2023 08:38 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

And thank you for stopping by, Bill Salvatore - East Valley.  Have a wonderful week!

Sep 18, 2023 08:38 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Endre Barath, Jr. I have started traveling to these far away places later in my years, so we are enjoying the time.  We still have so many places to go and time seems to be getting short. In retrospect, a few years in the military would have been good experience for me.  I hope you were able to enjoy the countries you visited during your career even though you had important responsibilities.

Sep 18, 2023 08:43 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi, Joan Cox!  Sheri visited a few places that we did not, so it was fun learning new things from her post.

Sep 18, 2023 08:45 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Brian England!  I think you would have been a little disappointed in my if I had not included in some way.  😃  They never played pickleball in Ephesus, so you would have fit right in.  Interestingly, we did see a very early backgammon game in Ephesus.  When I finish my Turkey series, I will include a photo of it.  I read a book called, Backgammon for Blood, when I was in college.  I wonder if the Romans really did play it for blood?  Ha!

Sep 18, 2023 08:50 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really have to thank you for sharing this trip with all of us Ray Henson 

Sep 26, 2023 07:29 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS.  I will be writing one more post about Turkey today.  

Sep 30, 2023 08:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I've never traveled to Ephesus (or anywhere in Turkey) - YET, Ray! That 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 visited. My brother was in the USAF and stationed there and also said it is beautiful countryside.

Great post to re-blog!

Oct 01, 2023 10:13 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS.  I do hope you get a chance to travel to Turkey (and Ephesus) one day.  I think you will really like it. 

Oct 02, 2023 06:33 PM