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ASHAB AL KAHF – People of Cave or Seven Sleepers, is a show cave situated to the north of Tarsus, an district in Mersin Province, Turkey. The “aṣḥāb al kahf”, “people of the cave”, for Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, a belief in Christian and Islamic tradition.

 

The cave is about 14 kilometres to Tarsus and about 40 kilometre to Mersin. It is at the foothill of a small hill. The cave is small, not comparable to other caves of the province. However, it is a famed to be the cave of the Seven Sleepers.

 

The exact location of the Seven Sleepers’ cave is not known, and there are many other places including some in Turkey claiming to be the cave of the Seven Sleepers. Next to the cave, there is a mosque commissioned by the Ottoman sultan AbdülAziz (reigned 1861–1876), and built in 1873. The mosque’s tall minaret with three şerefes (balconies) were added later.



 
 
 

Written By: Murat Mert

 

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