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Mevlevihane (Mevlevi Lodge)

The construction date of the Kilis Mevlevihanesi is unknown. The lodge is located in the Tekke district and is still open for worship today.

Evliya Çelebi referred to this lodge as an Asitane (a grand lodge), which means it was an important monastery for raising and educating sheikhs and dervishes. The semahane (performance hall for the dervishes) is square in design and the main area is covered with a high dome. Along the entire length of the walls there are 21 windows and skylights, making a light and spacious area. The dodecagonal dome sits on a high frame which has a round arched window on each side. In each of the four corners of the semahane there is a smaller dome. The exterior of the building is ornamented with black and white stones, and horizontal and vertical bands surrounding the windows. There is a circular skylight window above the entrance door.

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    Mercidabık Plain

    As you leave the mausoleum heading towards Kilis, follow the road east in the direction of Elbeyli and you will see, stretching as far as the eye can see, the vast Mercidabık Plain which holds great importance as an original Turkish homeland.

    The Battle of Mercidabık between the Mamluk and Ottoman armies took place in 1516. The victorious Ottomans went on to add Syria, Lebanon and Palestine to their growing lands which paved the way for the caliphate of the Ottoman dynasty. The victory at Mercidabık brought many religious, poitical, military and financial advantages to the Ottoman Empire, and was the beginning of 400 years of Ottoman rule in the region.

    In the centre of the town of Yavuzlu there are 3 monuments dedicated to the Ottoman padishah Yavuz Sultan Selim who was instrumental in this magnificent victory. The first monument, standing in the Yavuzlu Municipality gardens, is a bust statue. The second monument, 100 m northeast of this, displays the words “Even if the enemy soldiers are on all sides, I will not turn away from battle”. Immediately opposite this stands a statue of Yavuz Sultan Selim Han on horseback with his sword.

    Written on Friday, 13 September 2013 07:29 in Ravanda Turu Alternatif Güzergahlar Be the first to comment! Read 23589 times