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Şurahbil Zaviyesi (Dervish Lodge)

After leaving Sheikh Mansur tomb and heading north for 3 km, we arrive at the Şurahbil Lodge in the middle of town.

It is said that Şurahbil bin Hasene is buried in the hazira (tombs within an enclosure) of the lodge. The small mosque next to the hazira was extended to the east over time, and as other structures were added around the courtyard, the building evolved into a lodge. The main building, rectangular in shape, is covered along its entire length with a huge barrel vault. There is a well in the courtyard, believed by the local people to contain water with healing properties. The minaret, located on the west side of the tomb, was constructed in 1960. An epigraph in the mosque states that the building underwent repairs in the first half of the 16th century  during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Further repairs were carried out in 1902 during the reign of Abdülhamit Han II. The 6 graves located in the rear garden of the tomb are believed to belong to sahaba (disciples to the prophet Mohammed) who also fell in battle in this area, around the same time as Şurahbil bin Hasene.


Şurahbil bin Hasene was a sahaba from Mecca and was among those who emigrated to Abyssinia. He fought in several wars alongside the Prophet (Peace be upon Him) and he also acted as his scribe. During the time of Ebu Bekir, Şurahbil bin Hasene was sent to join the Islamic conquest of Damascus. He was also involved in the conquest of Jordan and the peaceful defeat of Tiberias. In Kilis, he fought in a battle in Meşhedlik and was a commander in the area for six months. He died from cholera in the year 639.

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    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