One of the most important religious sites in the world is this little stone building close to the ancient city of Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Turkish Efes), an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It is said to be the home of the Virgin Mary. This is where she was brought by the Apostle John after the crucifixion of Christ.

After Mary’s death at age 64 the house was turned into a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

This place of pilgrimage is visited by thousands of tourists every year, and maintains its holiness for the Moslem as well as for the Christian world.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
ISO: 200

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.9.


Related shots can be found at Turkey or Eastern Meditteranean.


chapel, eastern, ephesus, religion, religious, turkey, virgin mary

All images shown in this redbubble portfolio are owned by the artist, Tom Gomez and are protected under UK and International copyright laws. Any reproduction, modification, publication, transmission, transfer, or exploitation of any part of the content, for personal or commercial use, whether in whole or in part, without written permission from the artist is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. All rights reserved. My images are NOT part of the public domain.

View Full Profile


  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 4 years ago

    A beauty sweetheART lovely info – fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you so much dear Val …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent picture, Tom.

  • Thank you kindly David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Ian Coyle
    Ian Coyleabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Tom

  • Thank you so much Ian …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Nicely done as always Tom. Great shot. What lens were you using to get it this sharp and close from S Queensferry??

  • Cheers mate, it is amazing what you can see out of my window – hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

  • GraceNotes
    GraceNotesabout 4 years ago

    I have been there and was quite moved…even sang with a little nun who kept vigil. This is a wonderful image!

  • Thank you so much Grace, it is a wonderful palce to visit …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Yes I know. You can even see ferries that run over little trawlers. What a damn shame for that lad and his family Tom. I just dont understand how that could have happened given the sophistication of the ferry. I think someone wasnt doing his/her job properly.

  • It is terrible Nick, that poor young lad, his family must be devastated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    I also couldnt believe what I heard about that woman in Edinburgh. What the hell is going on Tom? I gave up watching the news a long time ago but I caught it tonight. Now I know why I gave it up. Those poor little kids. I KNOW that I would serve LIFE if anyone ever touched any of my little ones. Sometimes I wonder what I have done by bringing them into the world mate. Sorry not usual for me to be doom and gloom but the 2 stories have shocked the hell outta me.

  • This is terrible, it is beginning to look like she killed her three kids then jumped off her balcony. I can not begin to understand what would drive anyone to hurt any child let alone their own children.

    – Tom Gomez

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixabout 4 years ago

    Awesome capture and was she at home ? !!!

    Kind Regards,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • She was if you believe she was Erik. Glad you like the shot, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Me neither Tom. I couldnt imagine ever feeling that anger or hate towards anyone and certainly NOT my own kids. I struggle to see that I could feel it EVEN if someone harmed my kids but you never know until youre in that situation. I just hope that this is not another family that has been known to the professionals for some reason. That wont go down well at all. Anyway, no more talk of this as its getting me down. I am off out to Tescos to get some cow juice as we have run out lol. Sleep well mate and my best wishes go out to you and AJs too she says.

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 4 years ago

    Great find and description

  • Thank you so much Mik, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait