Chapel of the Seven Sleepers, Vieux Marché, Brittany, France

(A related article appeared in Sufi, Issue 65, Spring 2005)

Plaque: Place Louis Massignon, Professeur au College de France, Promoteur du Pélérinage Islamo-Chrétien des Sept Dormants d'Ephése au "Stiffel" au Vieux Marché 1883-1962
( Louis Massignon Place, Professor at the College de France, promoter of the islamic-Christian pilgrimage of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus at the "spring" in Vieux Marché 1883-1962)


The Chapel of the Seven Sleepers


Entrance and interior of the Crypt.
On the altar, the original statues of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus are on each side of the Virgin:
St. Maximilien, Malch, Martinien, Denis, Jean, Sérapion, and Constantin


The chapel sanctuary with statues of St. Constantin, Maximilien, Martinien, Denis, the Virgin Mary, Jean, Sérapion, and Malch


Side chapel

The Pieta


St. Michael with dragon

St. Isidore with angels


The statue of the Virgin Mary after having been carried in the annual pilgrimage


The Fire of Joy in the village square


This spring, a short distance from the chapel, has seven veins corresponding to a similar spring near the cave of the Seven Sleepers in Ephesus, Turkey. On the second day of the pilgrimage, Sura 18 of the Qur'an is chanted in Arabic at this site.


The Seven Sleepers, depicted on a Russian Orthodox icon at Bussy-en-Othe, Burgundy


The Seven Sleepers, depicted on a Byzantine icon at Tazert, Morocco