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Who was Gül Baba?

Gül Baba was known as a helpful and wise Bektashi Dervish by Muslims of Ottoman Empire. As you might already know, Buda was under Ottoman rule from 1541 for almost 150 years. In 1541 Sultan Suleiman captured Buda, the capital city. This historical event was a beginning of a very determining period for Hungary. According to old records, Gül Baba died on 2 September 1541, shortly after the Ottoman Occupation of Buda. Supposedly, Sultan Suleiman personally carried Gül Baba’s coffin at the funeral. His Tomb was built in 1543 in accordance with the classical Ottoman tomb style. It was constructed of cut stone as an octagonal structure.


Gül Baba Lodge – which has not survived – was a large ceremonial hall where people gathered to praise Allah. The guests who visited the lodge were offered rose water. The bottle was made from glass, ceramic or metal with a wide belly and narrow neck to pour rose water. The rose symbolizes Muhammad and the rose water was sprinkled in the ceremonial hall to request his spirituality.

During the centuries several Turkish buildings disappeared but the monument of Gül Baba and his Tomb have been persevered down history. It became a symbol of Turkish-Hungarian reconciliation and friendship.

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