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Karaman Beyi Murat mosque

The Karaman Bey Murad Pasha (1558) mosque. The city’s brochure has the following text: “This mosque in Şarampol district is the largest mosque in Antalya. The area where it now stands was once occupied by a business in second hand goods operated by a man named Murat Usta. This Murat Usta worked very hard, but he earned little more than enough to live on. He was a strictly honest man, however, and he never envied the wealth off others. One night Murat Usta had a dream in which he was approached by a group of angels who said to him, “Murat Usta, you have a good thing waiting for you in the desert of Arabia. Go there and get it.” After the morning prayers of the next day,
Murat Usta started to travel. And after a while he reached a place where there was a single grapevine growing, and on that grapevine there was a single bunch of grapes. When he saw that bunch of grapes, he said, “This may be the good thing waiting for me. O Allah, thank you!” He picked the bunch of grapes and ate it. As he looked about him, he saw a town in the distance, and he walked on to that town. When he reached the town, he was surprised to meet some old friends of his. “What are you doing here, Murat Usta?” they asked him.
“I was told in a dream that there was a good thing waiting here for me. I received that, and now I shall return home”. His old friends laughed and made fun of him. One of them said ,”Well, now, look at this fellow who came all the way here because of a dream he had. Back home I once had a dream that there was a second hand dealer living at Şarampol who had a
pot of gold hidden under the stairway in his house, but I did not even pursue that,
close as it was!”
After hearing this, Murat Usta bade his old friends farewell and returned to Şarampol. When he reached his own house, immediately dug beneath the stairway, and there he found buried two pots of gold coins. With some of the money from these coins, he had a mosque build. In one corner of the mosque-but no one else knew which corner he buried a quantity of gold large enough to build a second mosque when time had demolished the first one. As years went on, both that mosque and the surrounding area became known as Murat Paşa in honour of the man who had the mosque built. Much later, people who had heard rumours of the gold buried in the mosque tried to find it. One night they secretly tore out one whole corner of the mosque, but all they found was a note in a jar. The note said,”Its not with me but with the other.” And so the buried gold of Murat Usta was never found.”
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