Bill Gates visits the ancient Greek city of Ephesus – Greek City Times

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Microsoft founder and fourth richest person in the world, Bill Gates, visited the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and Christian pilgrimage sites on Turkey’s southwestern shores on Friday with his luxury yacht.

Gates disembarked aboard his 107-meter-long, 16-meter-wide luxury yacht “Lana”, which was launched last year with a weekly rent of 1.8 million euros (2 , $ 09 million).

The Lana was anchored early in the morning off the coast of Kuşadası, in western Aydın province, early in the morning and accompanied by a 68.2 meter long catamaran, the “Wayfinder”, with weekly rent estimated at 1 million euros.

After resting in the yacht for a while, Gates boarded a private helicopter for Meryemana House (House of the Virgin Mary) in the Selçuk district of Izmir, a city in western Turkey. where we believe the Assumption, or bodily ascension, of the Virgin Mary to heaven. to have taken place.

This was Gates’ second visit to Meryemana House, having first visited it in 2005 while on vacation in Marmaris with his then wife. Melinda, whom he divorced in May this year after 27 years of marriage.

Bill Gates, ancient Greek city of Ephesus

The House of the Virgin Mary, a stone structure on the outskirts of Bülbül Mountain, has been a popular spot for Christian pilgrims since its discovery in the 19th century. It was discovered after a series of visions by 19th-century nun Anne Catherine Emmerich led priests to Ephesus. The house was built by the apostle John for Mary, according to Emmerich, who was later beatified by the Vatican.

The Catholic faithful believe that the Virgin Mary suffered her Assumption – her death – in the house, which dates back to the apostolic age. Although the Vatican has never openly recognized the place as the home of the Virgin Mary, it was visited by three pontiffs in the 20th century and recently by former Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.

From Meryemana House, Gates then visited Ephesus, a former Greek colony in Selçuk and an important Christian pilgrimage destination today, accompanied by his private bodyguards.

Bill Gates, ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Bill Gates, ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Ephesus was an ancient port city whose well-preserved ruins can be found in today’s Turkey. The city was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important commercial center in the Mediterranean region.

Throughout history, Ephesus has survived multiple attacks and repeatedly changed hands between conquerors. It was also a hotbed of early Christian evangelism and remains an important archaeological site and a Christian pilgrimage destination.

Ephesus is located near the western shores of today’s Turkey, where the Aegean Sea meets the ancient estuary of the Kaystros River, about 80 kilometers south of Izmir, Turkey.

According to legend, the Ionian prince Androclos founded Ephesus in the 11th century BC. The oracles told him that a boar and a fish would show him the new location.

One day, while Androclos was frying fish over an open fire, a fish fell from the frying pan and landed in the nearby bushes. A spark ignited the bushes and a boar fled. Recalling the wisdom of the oracles, Androclos built his new settlement where the bushes were and named it Ephesus.

Another legend says that Ephesus was founded by the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women, and that the city was named after their queen, Ephesia.

Bill Gates, ancient Greek city of Ephesus

Bill Gates, ancient Greek city of Ephesus

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