Church of St.John
Plan of Ephesus
Cave of the Seven Sleepers
State Agora - Aqueduct of Sextilius Pollio
Odeion (Bouleuterion) - Baths of Varius
Prytaneion (Municipal Hall)
Basilica - Fountain of Laecanius Bassus
Fountain of Pollio
Temple of Domitian
Victory Arch with Reliefs of Hercules
Street of the Curretes
Fountain of Trajan
Temple of Hadrian
Round Tower - Baths of Scholastikia
Gate of Mazaeus and Mithridates at the agora
Arcadian Street - Ephesus Theatre
Stadium - Harbour Baths
Church of the Virgin Mary
Harbour Gymnasium and Verulanus Baths
House of the Virgin Mary
A road leading past the Vedius Gymnasium directs eastwards towards the Cave of the Seven Sleepers. According to legend, seven young Christians living in the reign of the emperor Decius (around 250 AD.) refused to offer the required sacrifices at the emperor's shrine, and escaped from the town to hide in this cave. Some time later they are said to have fallen asleep, and slept for so long that when they woke up and went out for food, they found that the city had completely changed, and along with it the emperor's rule. With some surprise they realise that they have been asleep for 200 years, and that Christianity has spread throughout Ephesus.
The new emperor, Theodosius, hearing of their tale, declared it a miracle that they had been raised from the dead, and their fame spread.
On their death, the seven sleepers are said to have been buried here in the same cave with funerary rites, and a church erected over the cave.
Excavations on the site revealed, in the walls and tombs of the 5-6th century church, a number of graves belonging to devotees to the seven sleepers, among them one thought to belong to St. Madeleine.