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GRAVE OF AKBABA

It doesn't exist anymore. It was a big and long grave and people used to light candles on it in 1920's and 1930's. One day health officer, Deli Sihhiyeci Mustafa Efendi, broke off the iron fence of the grave. At the same day he got the news of his son's death. His son died under a tramcar in Istanbul. The grave was at a few meters north of the stairs which went to harbor and was located at the place of today's artificial waterfall on İskele Street. It was protected for very long years and was visited especially by the people who were going to set out to sea. It was destroyed in 1950 while İskele Street was being restored.

SITTI ZEYNEP DERVISH LODGE AND TOMB

It is in the city center at the west of Kuyularonu Mosque, in Kaleyamaci district. It is one of two buildings which could survive from Ottoman era until today. It's a typical Ottoman building with its appearance. It was built on a square plan with 2 domes. It has 2 rooms. Its entrance door opens towards east. One of the rooms is used as a mosque. In the other room there is a sarcophagus which belogs to Sitti Zeynep. This tomb is visited by people who have various vows. It's still not certain when this building was built and to whom this sarcophagus belongs to. While in some books it's written that it belongs to grandchild of Hüseyin (the third of 12 imams after the death of Prophet Muhammad), some books say that grandchildren of Hüseyin have never been in Alanya. Evliya Celebi says it was used as a Bektashi lodge. According to other sources it belongs to Zeynel Abidin's daughter. Zeynel Abidin was a Muslim holy man (7th century). It is said that it was built by Sitti Zeynep Foundation for a Muslim man. There are 3 rocks under this tomb. These rocks are carved grave from Pamphylia era. In ancient times these graves were used as water depot. If you have the opportunity to visit this tomb, do not forget to see these thousands of years old carved graves. There are lots of stories about this tomb. According to a story it's not the word "Sitti" but it is the word "Sitte". Sitte means six in Arabic and according to the story, Zeynep was 6th of 6 siblings. The first one was Seydi Mahmut, second one was Musa Kazim, third one was mahmut Yusuf Narabi and the other two siblings was not in Alanya. They were in Bozkir (Sirisat).

GRAVE OF HACIBABA

It is located in the graveyard with the same name, Hacibaba Graveyard. Its district is called Çarşamba. Hacibaba was a pacemaker. He used to attracted people's attention with his green gardens, his patterns, his smiling face and soft speeches. But citizens of Gersembe district were jealous of him. They stole Hacibaba's animals, destroyed his gardens. Hacibaba didn't say a word and continued to raise ani- I mals and grow vegetables and fruits. Citizens of Gersembe united and decided to calumniate him. A few people went to cadi (Muslim judge) and complained about him. They told him that Hacibaba fucked a donkey. A day before the court cadi wished that: "If Hacibaba is a Moslem Saint he should bring a red head scarf from Konya." On the day of court Hacibaba came with a package and gave it to cadi. First cadi asked him: "What is this?" And then opened the package and saw the red head scarf. At that moment Hacibaba told to cadi: "I'm so sorry I couldn't go to Konya in this short time. That's why I bought this from Sirisat (Bozkir) (the distance between Sirisat and Alanya in those days was at least 3 or 5 days). Cadi stood up with respect and decided that Hacibaba was an innocent and a holy man. Then he asked Hacibaba if he had something to tell about those people. Hacibaba said that: "Yes I have. I wish all the citizens of Gersembe to work very hard, struggle but not to be able to find time to spend." This wish of Hacibaba is still effective. The most hardworking people of Alanya live here. They work day and night but can not have any abundance. People who have various wishes come to this grave.

SEYDI MAHMUT TOMB

Mahmutseydi is one of the villages of Alanya. It's 25km far from the city center. Seydi Mahmut Tomb is located in the center of this village. This tomb was built between 1460 and 1471 by Bey (chieftain) of Karamanogullari Beylik, Kilicaslan Bey. It was built as a tomb and a mosque because of Kilicaslan Bey's admiration to Seydi Mahmut. In those days the name of the village was Onas but Seydi Mahmut was one of the men of letter who came from Horasan to Alanya, Mahmutseydi and Sihlar villages and their districts between 1270 and 1340. The tomb of Seydi Mahmut is visited by couples who can not have children and people who have various wishes and vows.

DERETURBELINAS TOMB

Dereturbelinas is one of the villages of Alanya. Its distance from the city center is 30km. It was one of the 11 vicinities which were connected to Mahmutseydi Village and its name was Hursitler Vicinity. It's said that Dereturbelinas Tomb belongs to Mahmut Yusuf Narabi. He was the brother of Şeydi Mahmut who was the founder of Mahmutseydi Village. This tomb is also visited by couples who can not have children and people who have various wishes and vows.

KARAMANOGLU ALAADIN BEY TOMB

It's in Ciplakli Town, in Gulefsen Vicinity. The body is made of stone walls and its dome is made of bricks. There is a terebinth tree above its entrance door. It grew so big and thick that it caused the tablet above the door to fall down. Later sometime this tomb was mentioned with the name Süleyman Dede. There is no sarcophagus in this tomb. There are disused graves inside it. It is neglected and needs repairment. It is visited for some diseases and various vows.

PİRCE ALAEDDIN TOMB

It's in the center of Sihlar Village. This village is 38km far from Alanya. People who have various problems visit this tomb. There are countless stories about this tomb. Pirce Alaeddin and his family came to Sihlar Village from Horasan at the time of Mevlana. As a matter of fact this village took its name from this sheikh. Its name was Şeyhler (sheikhs) at first but it turned into Sihlar because it is easier to spell. All citizens of this village come from this family. These are the stories about this tomb and Pirce Alaeddin: 1-As soon as Sultan Alaaddin Keykubat conquered Alanya he took his cadi, mufti and elocutionist and came to Alanya. They climbed on a castle wall and turned toward the city, to the north. Sultan first showed Hasbahce, Cikcilli, Hacibaba and Oba districts and gave it to cadis. Secondly he showed Sekerhane, Kadipasa and Enisdibi districts and gave them to muftis. Lastly he showed Saray, Sugozu and Kizlarpinari districts and gave them to elocutionists. 800 years passed over this incident but traces of this sharing can still be seen. In Hasbahce, Cikcilli and Oba there are still properties of cadis. In Sekerhane, Kadipasa, Carsi and Enisdibi are still properties of muftis. And in Saray, Sugozu and Kizlarpinari it is still possible to find properties of elocutionists. There are graves, hotels, motels, apartment buildings that belong to families of elocutionists. 2- Pirce Alaeddin's father goes for the pilgrimage to Mecca. In those days going to Mecca and turning back takes 1 year. In the eve of pilgrimage his mother cooks "kuluk helvasi" (a kind of desert special to Alanya). His mother says thaf'lf your father were here he would eat with us. He likes this desert very much." Pirce tells his mother: "Mom, put some of this desert to a bowl, I'll take it to dad." Mother says to her son: "Son, have you gone mad? Hedjaz is too far away from here." Pirce makes his mother to put some desert in a bowl and fades away. Pirce comes back home in the evening. He says: "Mom, I gave the desert to dad. He said hi to you." Mother tells to him: "Ok, son. But where is the bowl?" Pirce: "Dad will bring it back while coming back from Mecca. You can ask him when he comes back." When his father comes back from Mecca shows the bowl and tells to his wife: "Thanks a lot for the fresh and hot desert that you have sent in the eve of pilgrimage." When his wife hears these words, starts to pray to God: "My God! May a tomb will be made in the name of my son and may it drop until the end of time." If you go to that village and visit this tomb you can see that it drops in summer and winter time. 3-At the time of Cyprus landing, the rod of Pirce Alaeddin got lost and it was found in its place with blood stains.




 
 
 
   
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