An old ‘kitabe’ (building inscription), in painted sculpted stone work, above the entrance to the ‘Türbedar Odası’ (room of the ‘Türbedar’ = the head of the personnel taking care of the graves). The inscription in Arabic script says: “Seyyid Sultan Gazi sevgisinin Türbedârı Miskin Dede bu kapıyı 921/1516-17 yılında yeniledi. Allah toprağını güzel eylesin”. Which means: ‘Miskin Dede, dedicated Türbedar of Seyit Gazi, had this door renewed in 921/1516-17. May Allah keep this place beautyful’.
Above the old calligraphic inscription: a more recent one in late-Ottoman style, on two glazed wall panels from Kütahya.
Note: When entering the southeastern aisle of the complex, one finds three rooms connecting with each other. These are called the ‘Orta Sofa (Middle hall). The specialists, however, do not agree upon the question whether all three rooms should be called also ‘Türbedar Odası’ (room of the ‘Türbedar’ = head of the personnel taking care of the graves); some of them reserve this name to the third room only (where the doors are that lead into the mosque and the mausoleum of Seyit Battal Gazi).
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: ‘SEYİTGAZİ KÜLLİYESİ’ - Doç. Dr. Canan PARLA (Anadolu Üniversitesi)
& Personal visits (1995 – 1996).