The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Sights

Cave of the Seven Sleepers

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

According to the legend attached to the Cave 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 site has unfortunately been rendered inaccessible to the public due to the recent collapse of much of the cave.

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South of Sor Sahasi Sok. 3, Selçuk, Izmir, 09400, Turkey

Published 07/06/2016


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