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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 3 weeks ago

For Christian and Muslim travelers the sight holds significant importance . The sight is difficult to visit for those in a wheelchair and with disabilities. It is very clear close to the Ruins of Ancient Ephesus . Visiting is free and there is a quaint...More

Thank Chasing-history
Reviewed 15 July 2017

You can see from the beginning that there is not much care put into reserving the place. Even there were a lot of people visiting and littering the area, nobody bother to do anything except handmade warning and begging signs. Place is nice, but depressing.

Thank FreeJohnny
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
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