HACI BAYRAM VELI COMPLEX (Ankara)


Haci Bayram Veli was a tolerant Sufi leader and at the same time a mystic and a poet. The complex contains a 15th century mosque and memorial shrine (turbe). It is situated next to the 3rd century Roman temple of August.

The Haci Bayram Mosque and tomb were constructed for Haci Bayram Veli (1352-1429). On the walls, green bricks were used for decoration. The roof is covered with timber.

The nearby temple of August is thought to be built on the site of an ancient temple of goddess Kybele from the Frygian time.

This site represents a unique symbol of tolerance and co-existance of three separate religious identities in the heart of Anatolia; a Frygian, a Roman and an Islamic cult center and temples of each of these cultures standing together throughout the ages.


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