This building started life in the 2nd century AD as an important school of higher education known as a Museion. It was converted into a Christian Basilica in the 4th century AD and significantly modified and added to as part of the repurposing. This church was where the important Ecumenical Council of Ephesus was held in 431 AD. The church was further modified during the reign of Justinian.
Date of Visit
1st to 15th July 2012
Joshua Bryant, “The Church of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus,” Architecture and Asceticism, accessed July 31, 2021, https://architectureandasceticism.exeter.ac.uk/items/show/240.