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Sheikh Mansur Tomb

Our route this time takes us to the tomb of one of the sahaba (disciples of the prophet Muhammed). Leaving Oylum Höyük, we head north on the Gaziantep-Kilis road, and after 4.5 km we arrive at the Sheikh Mansur tomb on Yavuz Sultan Selim Street.

Sheikh Muhammed Simati, the head chef and taster for the prophet Muhammed, is buried in the Sheikh Mansur tomb which lies 3 km south of Kilis, surrounded by gardens and vineyards. Sheik Muhammed Simati always served the food to the prophet and his disciples so in order to continue this custom, the people of Kilis still serve food to the poor after Friday prayers. The northwest hill of the tomb site is known as “Prayer Hill”.


Evliya Çelebi explains that the prophet Mohammed’s chef, Sheikh Muhammed Simati, is buried in a bright cupola on the kiblah side of the town, and that he was known by this name because he arranged the prophet’s dining table (simat).

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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