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Seyitgazi dec 2007 1868.jpg

Seyitgazi dec 2007 1868.jpg

In the lower courtyard of the complex of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi.
On the left: some of the buildings of the ‘Tekke’ (or ‘dergah’), built in 1511; from left to right: one large domed room of the Semahane (room for the ritual gatherings of the dervishes, the ‘fırın’ (bakery) and the ‘mutfak’ (or: ‘aşevi’ = kitchen).
On the right: a gallery leading to the Türbe (mausoleum) of Seyit Battal Gazi. On the foreground (right): a fountain, for which an antique (Roman) sarcophagus was reused.

Tekke or Dergah = 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: Leaflet of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi (1995) & Personal visits (1995 – 1996).

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