Inside the complex of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi.
In the foreground: the upper courtyard. To the right: the lower courtyard, and some of the buildings forming the ‘Tekke’ of the Bektaşi Brotherhood; from left to right: two guest rooms (with a small dome and a chimney), the two large domed rooms of the Semahane (room for the ritual gatherings of the dervishes), the ‘fırın’ (bakery) and the ‘mutfak’ (or: ‘aşevi’ = kitchen). Built in 1511.
Tekke = the largest kind of building (often a complex) designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood. It was a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation, and often served as hospices for Sufi travelers and Islamic students.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Türkye Tarihi Yerler Kılavuzu’ – M.Orhan Bayrak, Inkılâp Kitabevi, Istanbul, 1994.
Leaflet of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi (1995) , ‘Guide Fodor: Turquie’ - Edition 1988
& Personal visits (1995 – 1996).