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Seyitgazi dec 2007 1880.jpg

Seyitgazi dec 2007 1880.jpg

Inside the Türbe (mausoleum) of Seyit Battal Gazi. The length of his cenotaph sarcophagus (7½ meters) is no indication of Battal Gazi’s extreme body length (as some pilgrims may well tell you), but the symbolic expression of his merits.

A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been interred elsewhere. The word derives from the Greek: κενοτάφιον = kenotaphion (kenos, one meaning being "empty", and taphos, "tomb"). In general, a Turkish türbe has two rooms: an upper room where the cenotaph sarcophagus/sarcophagi were placed to be visited by relatives and followers, and a room beneath where the remains of the deceased were buried.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: Leaflet of the Seyitgazi Külliyesi (1995) , Wikipedia & Personal visits (1995 – 1996).

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