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Grotto of the Seven Sleepers

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Address: Selcuk, Turkey

It is believed that seven young Christians, who refused to sacrifice...

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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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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
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Saint John, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Philadelphia, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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, sunset and some night shots.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 to discover that Christianity was thriving in the area following the conversion of the emperor... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 think there's one in total). Worth missing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

We saw the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers on our way back from touring Ephesus, so glad we did! We were told these were some of the first Christian tombs. They are mostly fenced off so you can't get too close, so I wouldn't budget more than 10-20 minutes for this site, but it was so cool to see and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

A quick walk up the hill after lunch to some more ancient ruins and I'm afraid a fairy tale that doesn't cut it. The site as an old Christian church is interesting and worth a look see but there is not much to see and the big steel gate precludes further exploration. Sleep well Fellas !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

We actually came to this site to have lunch at an adjacent restaurant, but ventured up the hill to view the ruins. The story of the Seven Sleepers is a fascinating one - seven persecuted Ed who sought refuge in a cave from the Romans only to fall asleep for several centuries after the Romans blocked the cave entrance. When... More 

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