Turkey. Ephesus. The small stone chapel known as the House of the Virgin Mary. It is located on the top of the Bulbul Mountain 8 kilometres from the centre of Ephesus. It is believed that St John the Evangelist brought Mary with him to Ephesus after the crucifixion of Jesus and that Mary spent the last years of her life here. According to archaeologists, the building dates from around the 7th century AD, although it’s possible that the foundations that are older, may date from the 1st century AD. The shrine, known as the Meryemana Kultur Parki is revered by both Christians and Muslim Pilgrims, and has been visited by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, and in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass here.