Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey. According to legend, 7 early Christians who were living in Ephesus during the reign of the Roman Emperor Decius, fell asleep in this cave c. 250 AD and awoke 200 years later during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II. They were initially arrested but subsequently revered as holy people and the cave became a pilgrimage site. Another version tells of them being persecuted by Decius and locked up in the cave to die. A further version in the Quran refers to them as the People of the Cave. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Ephesus, Izmir, Turkey. According to legend, 7 early Christians who were living in Ephesus during the reign of the Roman Emperor Decius, fell asleep in this cave c. 250 AD and awoke 200 years later during the reign of Emperor Theodosius II. They were initially arrested but subsequently revered as holy people and the cave became a pilgrimage site. Another version tells of them being persecuted by Decius and locked up in the cave to die. A further version in the...
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