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The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Sights

Graves of the Seven Sleepers

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 11/25/2013

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According to the legend attached to the Graves of the Seven Sleepers, seven young Christian men hid in a cave to avoid persecution by the Romans in the 3rd century AD; the story was immortalized in a poem by Goethe. They fell into a sleep that lasted 200 years, waking only after the Byzantine Empire had made Christianity the official state religion. When they died, they were buried here, and a church was built over them. The tombs in the large cemetery are largely from

the Byzantine era. The site is currently closed to the public because of danger from falling rocks.

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South of Sor Sahasi Sok. 3, Ephesus, 09400, Turkey

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  • Free

Updated 11/25/2013


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