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Seyitgazi dec 2007 1898.jpg

Seyitgazi dec 2007 1898.jpg

The stone cenotaph-sarcophagus inside the Ayni Ana Türbesi (or: Kadıncık Ana Türbesi), a small grave monument built during the last quarter of the 13th century (late-Seljuk period). It lies next to the mausoleum of Ümmühan Hatun; it is built against the northeastern corner of the monastery/medrese, facing the lower courtyard. The name of ‘Ayni Ana’ (Mother Ayni) is mentioned in the building inscription above the entrance door.

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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