We left El Aman Han Bitlis for the next destination of the lakeside town of Ahlat.
We arrived in the town of Ahlat and had lunch in a lakesid hotel restaurant.
Ahlat is a historic village and district in Bitlis Province in Eastern Anatolia. It has a population of 21,122 in 2012. The main industry of the village is agriculture. Ahlat is also known for a large number of historic tombstones left by the Ahlatshah dynasty.
Tombs of Emir Bayindir was built for Bayindir ibn Rüstem, who died in 1481. It was commissioned by his wife Sah Selime Hatun and completed in 1491
The tomb was built as a part of a complex including a small mosque, which is completely lost now.
From the Tombs of Emir Bayindir, we moved to Harabe Şehir.
Harabe Şehir (Ruined City) Ahlat: this ruins are the houses of the Neolithic era.
When Mongolian invaded in the 13th century, the Turks resisted it at this caves. Harabe Şehir hosts tourists in summer while storing potatoes in winter. We went into the cave houses.
Here is a good playground for the local children all the year around.
I said “good-by” to them and then we left for the famous place with many gravestones, Seljuk Cemetery Ahlat.
Ancient city and cultural center in Eastern Anatolia, Ahlat was left to Turkish rule by local Byzantine governor in 1055. It was later used as a forward base by Alp Arslan (Second Sultan of the Seljuk Empire) forces during his successful military campaign against Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV for the Seljuk control of Eastern Anatolia in 1071.
Ahlat was later seriously destroyed once during a capture by Celaleddin Harzemsah (Last ruler of the Khwarezmian Empire) in 1229 and shortly after by a major earthquake. There are at least six ancient burial grounds in Ahlat that are the reminders of a long historical past and a glorious cultural heritage.
It’s time to leave Ahlat for the next destination. “Well, let’s go to the city of Van .”