Gül Baba's grave in Budapest
Budapest is home to many spectacular Turkish monuments, as the Turkish occupation lasted for almost 150 years. Not only our language and facial features, but also our cities and buildings, preserve Turkish memories. The Turkish tomb of Gül Baba is a 16th-century Turkish burial chapel on the Rózsadomb, one of the most beautiful districts of Budapest. Gül Baba, the father of the Roses, was a Bektas dervish, or warrior Muslim monk, who arrived in the city with the invading Turkish army in 1541.
Legend has it that he died during a thanksgiving service in the Church of the Assumption, which had been converted into a mosque, on the day of the city's conquest. This was on 2 September 1541. A fancy funeral was held in his honour, attended by Sultan Suleiman I himself. Legend has it that he even joined the pallbearers, so honoured was he by his valiant subject. The turret over the tomb of Gül Baba was built between 1543 and 1548 by Mehmed Jahjapasazade, the 3rd Pasha of Buda. The site has been a pilgrimage site for Muslims and a regular tourist destination ever since.
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