Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba Turbeje)

Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba Turbeje)

Gul Baba's Tomb (Gul Baba Turbeje)
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The final resting place of Gul Baba, Muslim dervish and member of the Bektashi order who died after the capture of Buda in 1541, is an ornate burial chapel with many religious items and Turkish rugs on permanent display.
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silangel1
Budapest, Hungary3,957 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Very nice place, even for disabled people. Beautiful flowers, clean and nice area. View.. A bit strange, because at the near old houses, and buildings all over, but the panorama is nice. You can see the Parliament building as well.
Written September 19, 2020
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary3,529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
It takes about 10 minutes from Buda side of Margaret Bridge to walk up to Gul Baba' Tomb. It is spectacular and the view is also very nice! Piece of Hungarian history.
The gardens are lovely!
It is worth visiting!
Written July 19, 2020
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Sefa Y
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
this place was phenomenal. the location was very central. The place was very clean and the staff there were very nice.
There is also a cafe. They also sell little things like souvenirs and books. You can also take very nice photos of Budapest from the roof.
We hired bikes that day. The path to Gül Baba is along the riverbank. It was really great fun.
Written December 26, 2023
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Joshua H
The Hague, The Netherlands37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
It’s a tomb, but nothing too interesting to see here. As mentioned in other reviews, you can get a better view if you go up to the park above. The site is free to visit though, with a little museum. It’s almost only in Hungarian though, so if you can’t read that then you’ll be done quickly. The bathrooms are good, there is a cafe, and an informational video that goes on a loop in different languages. Hopefully you’re there in time for the English one, otherwise tough luck, each version is 12 minutes long before it cycles through to the next language. Staff are friendly!
Written December 23, 2023
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Mehm Y
Montreal, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
This is the tomb of Gül Baba (Rose-father), a Bektashi dervish/soldier/poet who lived there at the beginning of the 16th century, when Budapest was controled by the ottomans. I wanted to visit the interior of the garden at least, but unfortunately, in December 2015 the tomb was closed to visits due to "restauration and archaeological works" until 2017! Apparently, the place is sponsored and managed by the current turkish government, so this long "restauration closure" should be their decision.

It is still possible to see the outside of the tomb, the structure, the poet's statue and a nice view of Budapest. Hopefully after 2017, it will be an interesting visit. Until then, if you are already visiting the nearby baths and have time, or interested with this particular period of Hungary, you may take some 15 minutes to see the place.
Written December 12, 2015
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ComdtNexus
London, UK369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A very interesting experience to visit the tomb of an Ottoman dervish and get a taste of Ottoman Budin, how Buda Hill used to be called by the Turks. This tomb and the dervish lying within now serve as ambassadors of friendship between Hungarians and Turks. The tomb has recently been restored with funds provided by the Turkish state. It is very nicely done up with roses, oriental fountains and other elements that bring out a modern Ottoman character. Underneath the tomb there is a Turkish-style tea shop and an exhibition about Ottoman Budin and the the dervish Guel Baba, the father of roses. In the exhibition it says that most Hungarians have an image of Guel Baba as a kind old man spending his days tending a rose garden. In actual fact this was a religious leader who came over to Budapest as part of the Ottoman campaigns in order to support and encourage the holy war, also known as jihad. You need to visit and make up your own mind. The tomb is still visited by Turkish citizen for the celebration of Eid.

If you have time I recommend a visit to this monument and exhibition. You get to see a yet different face of Budapest and an interesting aspect of Central European history. The complex brings out the Ottoman atmosphere very successfully. This is especially interesting if you also visit Eger.

The reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of the 5 I wanted to is because of the experience that we had at the shop. The shop sells quality Turkish-inspired products. However, the shopping assistant was not welcoming at all. She tried to get rid of me as soon as possible. I realised that my presence in the shop was a nuisance. When I went back with the money to buy some Turkish soaps that I had seen she had closed the shop and nobody from the rest of the staff knew where she was, as she was meant to be at the shop. For the second time I was treated like I was being a nuisance. I don't think that this girl enjoys working there and it is a shame that her attitude is allowed to spoil the special experience of visiting the tomb.
Written November 23, 2019
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Cristofer32
Minehead, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
When I went there it was all open. The statue, the terrace and the tomb were a very interesting witness to the Ottoman heritage of Hungary. I hope that I will be able to see it again next year. It is a shame that it is shut at the moment but I look forward to an even better visit when it is renovated.
Gul Baba was a dervish, Sufi who died during the Turkish capture of Budapest. His reputation is mixed. He was maybe a poet and a tolerant religious leader, who introduced the rose into Hungary, or he was a fanatical Gazi (warrior) determined to spread Islam and the Ottoman domains further into Europe, or maybe he was a mixture of these. Anyway, an interesting man.
Written June 3, 2016
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Gul Baba was a poet and a soldier in the army of Suleyman I. He came to Hungary in 1541. He was very close to the Sultan. He died during the Turkish Siege of Budapest and his coffin was carried by the Sultan himself. It was not until
1543–48 that a tomb was built over his grave by the third Pasha of Buda.

There are heaps of legends attached with Baba's life. His name has been the subject of much debate. Some say that it means, “Father of the Roses” (gül, “rose”; baba, “father”. Others say that Gul is a variation of Kel, bald, and it was later altered to Gul when his grave was covered with roses. Another theory goes that Baba had special abilities and that during religious rites he could kiss a red-hot iron, known as 'gul'. Lastly, some people believe that the leader in the dervish community is always referred to as Gül Baba.
Wear comfortable shoes as there is a long walk involved.
Written August 15, 2015
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anatolianpride
Adana, Türkiye64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
An interesting tomb from Turkish times in Budapest. It is one of the most important building from Turkish Times.
Written March 8, 2015
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Vincze P
Budapest, Hungary69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Gül Baba was regarded by Muslims as their spiritual patron saint, human-friendly and wise dervish.
Gül Baba's turquoise became a symbol of Hungarian-Turkish reconciliation and friendship.
Written March 20, 2019
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