In the lower courtyard of the complex of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi.
On the picture: The two large rooms of the Semahane, on the north side of the courtyard. They were used for the ritual gatherings of the dervishes. ‘Semahane’ means ‘House of the Semah’, Semah being the ritual dance performed by the Bektaşi and Alevi. The left Semahane room is called ‘Kırklar Meydanı’ (Gathering of the Forty Witnesses), a terminology exclusively used by Bektaşi and Alevi.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘Türkye Tarihi Yerler Kılavuzu’ – M.Orhan Bayrak, Inkılâp Kitabevi, Istanbul, 1994.
Leaflet of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi (1995) & Personal visits (1995 – 1996).