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Eshab-i Kehf Cave

  • Address
    Dedeler, 33400 Tarsus/Mersin, Turkey
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 8:00 to 19:00
  • What to see
    Cave and mosque


It is a popular legend for both Christians (the seven sleepers of Ephesus) and Muslims (it is mentioned in Sura Al-Kahf of the Holy Quran). According to tradition, seven young men took refuge in a cave to escape pagan persecution, where God made them sleep for 300 years. When they woke up, the persecution against Christians had ended.

In 1873, Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz had a mosque built near the cave to venerate the site. Three other caves in Turkey, one in Jordan and one in Syria dispute being the true cave of the Sleepers.


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