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Grotto of the Seven Sleepers

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It is believed that seven young Christians, who refused to sacrifice animals for the Roman imperials, took shelter in this cave near the city. They fell asleep only to wake 200 years later to find that Christianity had become more accepted. The event lead many to accept Christ's belief of resurrection.
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Selcuk, Turkey
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

The Seven Sleepers is a well known tale from the ancient world, having put its mark on religion and languages through its story of the sleeping youths. Its therefore a must-visit site while in Ephesous. The sad part is that the presentation of this important...More

Thank bulgenes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Interesting story. Nearby Mary House, worth the time for a short visit. This is a beautiful region of Turkey.

Thank Ami L
Reviewed 19 February 2017

An old site of legend and burial. A bit of a climb up to explore. Near Ephesus and there are horse and cart rides between.

Thank Charlotte S
Reviewed 17 November 2016

You will see this on the walk through Ephesus. Many different places to see on this 1.5 mile walk through the ancient town. It's a must see when visiting Kusadasi.

Thank Murray D
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The climb to the grotto is long but not so difficult. Once there you can see the cave and the relics left around. Whether you believe the story is up to you.

Thank kdgarlipp
Reviewed 13 October 2016

All you can do is look in a cave and then down on some ruins through a fence. The tale is the most interesting part.

Thank Charlotte V
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

this place is a victim of poor administration. little information, little access, reaching the grotto is difficult. Still it's really close to Ephesus and Mother Mary's House and worth a visit.

Thank Can K
Reviewed 6 September 2016

I was in the area to visit the ancient city of Ephesus and before leaving I noticed the mark that guided me here. I am a photographer and I was amazed at shapes and texture of this place. I would like to return for sunrise,...More

Thank Aurelian N
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Tradition says that this is the site of one of the oldest Christian churches in the world. Legend says that persecuted Christians were walled into the cave and left to die by Roman legionaries. When the cave was rediscovered centuries later, the "sleepers" woke up...More

1  Thank Eric S
Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

This attraction may justify a higher rating if it were open to the public, rather than peering through a fence at a few tombs carved into the rock. It might also be helpful if information boards wee displays explaining the sight and the importance (i...More

Thank Chris P
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