ANKARA – Demirören News Agency
A cave in which Hüseyin Gazi, the father of the Turkish epic hero Battal Gazi, lived, will be opened for tourism by order of the president.
Welcoming President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the cemevi, Ali Ayyıldız, the head of the Hüseyin Gazi Culture and Art Foundation, said he had requested that the Hüseyin Gazi cave, located in the military zone of the district Mamak of the capital Ankara, is open to visitors. .
Erdoğan, who visited the cemevi, an Alevi place of worship, after five different attacks on Alevi institutions in Ankara, ordered the opening of the cave, located near the Hüseyin Gazi tomb and the Hüseyin Gazi mountain.
Reiterating that Hüseyin Gazi, the father of quasi-historical epic hero Battal Gazi, lived in the cave for some time, Ayyıldız said, “People who come to visit the tomb also want to see the cave because a stream of water runs through it. for eight months a year. However, it is not allowed because it is located in a military area.
“I asked the president to remove this place from military zone status and assign it to us,” Ayyıldız said, adding that the cave is important for religious tourism because the Alevi community respects Hüseyin Gazi.
The president spoke with Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, giving them instructions to start working on this issue, according to Ayyıldız.
He also pointed out that under the coordination of the ministries, all Cemevis and Alevi associations in Turkey are visited and their requests from the government are received and compiled in reports.
Erdoğan attended the Muharram iftar with representatives of the Alevi community at Hüseyin Gazi Cemevi in Ankara late on August 8.