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Damascus - Tekkiye Suleymaniye pictures

The Tekkiye Suleymaniye التكية السليمانية complex
Designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan, whose masterpieces like the Selimiye mosque in Edirne can be viewed on my Turkey designed this complex starting 1553. It was built on the site of a palace, of Baibar called the Ablaq Palace, that was destroyed by Tamerlane. That there is an earlier complex below its ground may be the reason why the ground in the courtyard of its medrese looked like a sea in motion. The mosque proper was being restored, I visited in when I saw a group of Turkish tourists enter the (closed) gate on their way to a number of graves of what were called “sultans” (I am still checking which). Since I speak some Turkish I managed to get in too. The complex is next to the Damascus museum, if you get a chance, go and see it.

I have been informed regarding the "Sultan" grave in Damascus as follows: "It belongs to Sultan Vahdettin (or Mehmet VI) He is the last sultan of Ottoman Empire. He was dethroned when the Turkish Republic was proclaimed. He was sent to exile and 4 years later died penniless in Italy. His body was brought to Damascus and burried there. Other graves in that graveyard belong to some other members of Ottoman family who died in exile."

I have several Damascus galleries, organized as follows: Museum, Tekkiye, northwest, Citadel and near, north of souq. The old town is split up in: Umayyad mosque, Hamidiye souq, rest of souq, Azem Palace in souq, khans in souq, Christian area and some more, near Sinan Pasha. Further: Salihiye, to Midan, Hijaz and east.
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