Ahlat Mezar Taslari
Ahlat Mezar Taslari
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Irlantilainen
Kajaani, Finland498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Just a couple of km west of town, right alongside the lakeshore road, this is an atmospheric and unique bit of history.

Carefully laid out pathways, explanations in English, a café and a museum.

Free.
Written June 3, 2022
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Metin D
Ankara, Türkiye78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
It was totally surprise for me to see almost a thousand year old graveyards. The figures on the stones are awesome.
Written July 16, 2018
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye6,563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
I like visiting cemeteries in countries I go to and I have seen many so far. But this cemetery dating back to 12th century is really unique, I have never seen something like that before. I had read about it before and seen its pictures but visiting it and seeing it with my own eyes was a totally different experience.

It's located in Eastern Turkey and at this part of the country there are almost no tourists, So this beautiful and one of a kind ancient site is not well known. The day we visited, we were the only ones there. This loneliness was a pity as Ministry of Culture made a great effort at this site and it's today a very professionaly kept open museum.

Though the cemetery dates back to 12th century, human settlement at this region dates back to 900 BC. The tombstones (of which some are as high as 3.5 meters) are from the early Seldjouki period. There are many tombs here out of which 118 are monumental. The legend about this place is that, once upon a time, there was a war and enemies were approaching during the night. They did not know about the cemetery. When they saw the high tombstones, they thought that was an army of very stong people and they feared and fled.

Just at the entrance, there is a small semi museum shop/semi grocery where you can buy snacks, drinks and touristic souvenirs as well.

In case you ever go to this part of Turkey, I strongly recommend this place. I even recommend to take a special trip to this place: it is that unique!!
Written March 18, 2016
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
This is the largest surviving Seljuk cemetery, with some 8000 interments. The gravestones are a dark brown volcanic stone from Ahlat. It is notable that the gravestones of the judges are larger than other dignitaries! There also some fine kumbets on the site. It's a really nice cemetery.
Written May 4, 2017
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Fagopyrumesculentum
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
More than 6,000, mahogany colored, beautifully engraved Seljukian tomb of various age, size and type covers an area of approximately 200 acres. It's by the roadside, very easy to find, just take the minibus from Tatvan or Bitlis. There are plenty of common Hawthorn trees (they say some of these tombs and trees are at the same age), crows and during spring and summer also turtles. Beside that peaceful historical place (it is in is the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites) there are also old houses carved into the rock (called old city), bridges, kumbets and one small&beautiful museum around the graveyard.
Written September 2, 2014
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Sibel k
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019

Ahlat Seljuklu Cemetery
Located in Ahlat, it is 25 kilometers from Bitlis. There are many rumours about the origin of the word “Ahlat,” but the most accepted one by the locals is that when one of the most admired Urartu King Lat died in a battle, his daughter Derminia cried as “Ahhh … Lat” which became as one word Ahlat over time.
This worldwide known cemetery is both one of the World heritages and the best pieces of Medieval Turkish architecture belonging to all civilizations from Urartus to Ottomans particularly Seljuk. Once the excavation is over, the current number of graves will go from 8,200 up to 10,000 graves is. It is the largest cemetery 210 thousand meter square (2100 dönüm).
The rectangular shaped tomb stones which are made of stones called “ahlat” special to the area have scripts elaborated with designs of geometric figures, palmette, and dragon heads. The height of the tombstones (highest is approximately 3.5 meters) reveal the socio-cultural level of the person. The tomb stones marked as “1” designates the gender of the person as female. Additionally, there are three types of graves: one with tombstones at the head and foot, graves without any tombstones, and sarcophagus. The tombstones, by and large, belong to Seljuk period of 7-15th century while some to Ottoman period of 16-17th Century. According to experts, examples of former period exceed the latter.
Written July 8, 2019
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Erhan Yildirim
Türkiye2,381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
Selcuk Cemetery at Ahlat in the district of Bitlis.

It is impressive place. I hope I visit again in one day.

Ahlat old city and the cemeteries in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List candidate. This historic cemetery is known by the whole world and people come here more for this cemetery
from UNECSO website info :" Though the history of the city dates back to 900 BC, its famous for her tombstones dating to 12 th-15 th centuties AD. It has an important place inthe Islamic world in their variation within Anatolian tomb architecture in dimension and design. Apart from some small cemeteries here and there in Ahlat there are six main cemeteries of historical importance named; Harabe ~ehir cemetery, Taht~ Suleyman cemetery Klrklar cemetery, Kale cemetery, Merkez cemetery, Meydanl~k cemetery. Tombstones in Ahlat, some of the most outstanding tombstones and mausoleums of the early Turkish period in Anatolia are to be seen in Ahlat. These works are not only important sources of information on the technical and decorative repertoire of the period, but also act as historical sources for important maso ns and craftman, whose names appear in inscriptions there
Written April 10, 2019
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gabcsi_11
budapest237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Ba chance I saw a photo of this cemetar and I decided to go there. It is something special I have never seen anything like that. Whenwe arrived in Ahlat whose lovation is really amazing on the Van voastline we found the cemetary at once. It was much bigger I could ever imagine. It was built by the seljuks in the 14th century. The carvings on the graves are breathtaking. As far as you can see there are graves. I was shocked. By the way there are a lot of sights in the city. You defonotely should go and see it. 👍
Written July 11, 2015
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Insighttravel
Nevsehir Province, Türkiye30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
The ancient cemetery of Ahlat in Eastern Turkey near lake Van is a must-see if you are in the area. There were no tour buses at the time of visit in April 2014 and we had the place completely to ourselves. A new museum is being built there. The area is vast, the tombstones are incredibly different with interesting designs and arabic scripts, turles cavorting in the ancient graveyard. See also the mausoleums of the area, which are unique! Off the beaten path but well worth it.
Written April 23, 2014
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Accomodatione
Edinburgh, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Interesting old place. Located next to the main road near Ahlat. Entry is free of charge. I would recommen
Written October 8, 2018
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