Ashab-i Kehf is a natural cave complex shrouded in legend. It is claimed to be the site of a story in the Koran known as the ‘Seven Sleepers’, in which seven youths suffering from the oppressive regime of a despotic local flee to a cave with a dog and fall asleep there for over 300 years. Today the complex, complete with a mosque and shrines accessed via a network of stairs, is an important pilgrimage site for local Azerbaijanis who come to make wishes and pray. The peaceful site is located about 12 kilometres east of Nakhchivan City and off the main road to Julfa. For Ashab-i Kehf and beyond, use our Nakhchivan tour itinerary builder tool to get the most from your Nakhchivan vacation.
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A religious place so high in the mountains
People of the Cave Verses 9–26 of the chapter tell the story of the People of the Cave (as-Habu al-Kahf). A few young believers lived in a time where they were tortured for their beliefs. Upon the guidance of Allah, they fled the city together where believers were prosecuted, and took refuge in a cave where they fell asleep. When they woke they found themselves that the people of the city have become believers.
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