Seyit Battal Gazi Tomb and Complex

Seyit Battal Gazi Tomb and Complex

Seyit Battal Gazi Complex, one of the places to visit in Seyitgazi district of Eskişehir, is a historical building built by Ümmühan Sultan, the mother of Alaeddin Keykubat I, for Seyit Battal.

Who is Seyit Battal Gazi?

Battal Gazi, who gave his name to the district and the complex, is a war hero who lived in the 8th century. He made a great contribution to spreading Islam and conquering Anatolia against the Byzantines when Islam had not yet spread. This tomb was built long after Battal Gazi died, in the 1200s. According to the legend of Seyit Battal Gazi, Ümmühan Hatun, the mother of the Seljuk ruler Keykubat, saw the location of the tomb in her dream and built the tomb where she saw it in her dream.

Seyitgazi Turbesi Kulliyesi Sanduka Boyu
The cist in Seyit Battal Gazi Tomb
Seyitgazi Turbesi Kulliyesi Ummuhan Hatun Turbesi
Ümmühan Hatun tomb

One of the unusual elements of Seyit Gazi Tomb is the size of the cist. The cist, which is around 12-13 meters long, surprised us a lot. Because we had never seen such a long sarcophagus. In the same room, the small cist on the right side belongs to his wife or lover Elenora. It is also possible to see the tombs of the people who contributed to the restoration of the tomb here. There is also a mausoleum called Kesikbaşlar in the same building. This mausoleum was built for the 7 headless corpses found during the construction works. Next to it are two asylums. Be sure to see the asylums in the mausoleum structure of the complex. These small and dark rooms were used for a long time, where people were alone with their troubles and spirituality away from the outside world.

Seyitgazi Turbesi Kulliyesi Cilehane Odalari
Seyitgazi Turbesi Kulliyesi Cami Alani

Ümmühan Hatun Tomb, which can be reached from outside the tomb of Seyit Gazi, is also worth seeing. Some of it has survived in its original form, so it looks a bit neglected today. Again, dark asylums can be seen here.

After the tomb was built, elements of the mosque were added and after Ümmihan Hatun’s death, the complex was built according to her will. Some parts of the complex were built by the Seljuks, while others were constructed during the Ottoman period. There are various sections within the complex. It is divided into sections such as soup kitchen, bread house, caliph square, forties room, dhikr room. Some of the sections are empty and are used as exhibition areas in some periods. Seyit Battal Gazi Tomb and Complex remained in ruins for many years, but it was restored in the 1950s and regained its former glory. The complex is located on a high hill called Üçler Hill in Seyitgazi and impresses with its beauty even before climbing the hill.

Eskisehir Seyitgazi Turbe Ve Kulliyesi Tepesi
Eskisehir Seyitgazi Turbe Ve Kulliyesi Gorulecek Yerler

Where is Seyyid Battal Gazi Tomb and Complex and how to get there?

To reach the structure built on a hill in the center of Seyitgazi, you must first arrive in Eskişehir and then continue in the direction of Seyitgazi. The distance between Eskişehir and Seyitgazi is 50km (50 minutes) and the entrance is free. You can drive your car to the entrance of the complex and leave it in the free parking lot.

Eskisehir Seyitgazi Kulliyesi Gezi Notlari
Eskisehir Seyitgazi Kulliyesi Turbe Binasi

If we don’t count the people who enter the tomb by kissing, touching and caressing the doors, I can easily say that it is a place worth going and seeing. Since it is located on the hill, there are points where you can take photos of the Seyitgazi landscape. If you are on the Phrygian Valley trip, the complex is located 33km (38min) north of Yazılıkaya Monument. Those who want to see a tomb while visiting the complex can see Üryan Baba Tomb in Yazıdere, 7.5km away, and Melik Gazi Tomb in Melekgazi, a little further.