Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ave Maria. Mater Dei.

After breakfast in Selcuk, we headed up into the hills near Ephesus to visit Mary's house. It is believed that Mary was brought to this house by the Apostle John

Mary welcoming visitors to her house


Mary's house


Spring water for cleansing


Thousands of prayers line the wall


Sun peeping through the tree with squirrels


Darling little squirrels... can you see them?

As you drive to and fro Mary's house, you will pass this statue of her. She looks out onto the valley below and is quite a magnificent sight to behold. 

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.


Mary looking out over the valley


This is part of the valley Mary's looks out onto. Spot the ruins 


More of the valley


Cottage nestled in the hill


Pretty roadside flower... well I think it's a flower

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