Near Ephesus, seven kilometers from Selçuk, there is that which would have been the residence of the Virgin during her last years of life
An old Christian tradition says that, fleeing persecution in Jerusalem, St. John the Evangelist would have taken the Virgin Mary to Ephesus, in the region of Smyrna, Turkey, where they would spend the last years of their lives. Tradition – both Catholic and Orthodox – says that this is where the Virgin Mary was raised to heaven.
Two Vincentian priests, from the French college of Smyrna, find the house in 1891. Five years later, Pope Leo XIII visited the site, and officially declared it as a monument for Christians. He was also visited by Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
The building is a small Byzantine church dating back to the 13th century on a structure dating from the 6th to the 7th, built in turn on a 1st-century settlement. year after year, especially on August 15, the date of the Assumption of Mary.