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     The Seven Sleepers
 
 
During the reign of the emperor Decius, Christians Ephesus suffered persecution because of their faith. Seven young Christians escaping from the cruetly of Decius took shelter in this cave, which lies on the slopes of Panayır Mountain.

Falling into a deep sleep that lasted 200 years, they awoke only in the reign of the emperor Theodosius II, and saw that the Christianity had become the official religion. Because of this miraculous event, the seven people were considered to be sacred, and were buried in the same cave after their natural lives had passed.

 

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