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Where are the Seven Sleepers? (People of the Cave)

Abrahamic religions have some mutual subjects and values. One of them is the Seven Sleepers. Both Christian and Islamic traditions refer it in different sources. The cave’s whereabouts are unknown. However, there are some assumptions. Four caves are suspected in Turkey. Here these four caves…

There are estimates that it is in different countries, but considering their distance to Jerusalem and Damascus, it is possible to eliminate some of them. Most of Muslims and especially Turks believe the cave is in Mersin and/or Kahramanmaraş.

Mersin: A cave in the Tarsus district of Mersin is quite ambitious in this regard.
Kahramanmaraş: Another prominent place is located in the Afşin District of Kahramanmaraş.
İzmir: Ephesus in Selçuk district of Izmir is an important tourist destination worldwide. The region is also home to the House of the Virgin Mary. Christians in particular believe that the Seven Sleepers cave is here.
Diyarbakır: A cave in Diyarbakir’s Lice district also receives quite a lot of visitors.

Muslims regard the 17th chapter of the 18th sura in the Qur’an: “You would have seen the sun, when it rose, veering away from their cave towards the right, and when it sets, moving away from them to the left, as they lay in the midst of the cave. That was one of God’s wonders. He whom God guides is truly guided; but he whom He misguides, for him you will find no directing friend.”

The validity of this information is being sought in the caves. From this point on, the cave, usually located in Afşin, stands out.

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