A WRITER’S NOTEBOOK – Meryem Ana

I have a friend who is staying with her family in Turkey. It’s a country I’d love to visit.

Meryem Ana – The House of the Virgin Mary is in Turkey.

It is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos also known as Mt Nightingale in the vicinity of Ephesus, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Selçuk in Turkey.

See below for the beautiful image of a woman at the wishing wall.

The shrine itself is not extensively large, but may rather be described as a modest chapel. The preserved stones and construction date back into the Apostolic Age, as consistent with other preserved buildings from that time, but with minor additions such as garden landscapes and devotional additions outside the shrine. Upon entrance to the chapel, a pilgrim is met by one single large room where an altar along with a large statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is prominently displayed in the center.

On the right side, is a smaller room traditionally associated with the actual room where the Virgin Mary is believed to have slept. Marian tradition holds that some form of running water used to flow like a canal in the smaller room where the Virgin Mary slept and rested, leading to the present drinking fountain outside the building structure.

Meryemana, the wishing wall
Wishing Wall
Outside the shrine is a particular wishing wall which pilgrims have used by tying their personal intentions on paper or fabric. Various types of florals and fruits are grown nearby, and additional lighting has been installed within the vicinity of the shrine for further monitoring of the site. A water fountain or well is also located nearby, believed by some pilgrims to have miraculous

powers of healing or fertility.Meryemana_(4) copy

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