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Seyitgazi near Eskişehir

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Seyitgazi is a smal town to the Southeast of Eskişehir. You can easily get there by dolmuş. I first visited it on the 19th of December 2007, a cold and cloudy day, the last day before the feast of sacrifice. Hence lots of sheep and sharpening of knives. My main reason for going there was the a visit to the dervish monastery that sits on a rock overlooking the town. The whole complex was under restoration. I returned after the restoration finished, in 2012. I liked the surrounding country, to just go for a hike there will be a joy. On the web there is a good explanation about it all in English by the Eskişehir authorities.

The name of the town derives from Şehit Battal Gazi, the leader of an Arab army that in the 8th century tried to capture Afyon. He was slain here, and was buried next to a Byzantine princess who for love followed him into death. The mother of Kayobad, hearing from this romantic story, built a stately türbe (and possibly a medrese). These became the most popular destination for Anatolian muslim pilgrims. Because of this the founder of the Baktaşı order, Haçı Bektaş, started a dervisj monastery here in the 13th century. Under Sultan Selim (1512-1526) türbe and monastery were extensively restored. A 7 meters long cenotaph indicates the importance of Şehit Battal Gazi.
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