Haji Bektash Veli Complex

Haji Bektash Veli complex
Hacı Bektaş Veli külliyesi
Shown within Turkey
Location Hacıbektaş, Nevşehir Province, Turkey
Coordinates 38°56′N 34°33′E / 38.933°N 34.550°E / 38.933; 34.550Coordinates: 38°56′N 34°33′E / 38.933°N 34.550°E / 38.933; 34.550
Type Religious complex
History
Periods Seljuks of Anatolia

The Haji Bektash Veli complex (Turkish: Hacıbektaş Külliyesi) is an Alevi Cultural Monument of the Republic of Turkey, located in Hacıbektaş, Nevshehir province. It was built in the 13th century as a Teqe (dergâh) of the Sufi saint Haji Bektash Veli. After his death, his mausoleum was built here. After the European reforms of the founding father of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the exodus of the Bektashi order to Albania in 1925, the complex was closed declared as museum in 1964. The khanqa of the complex is thought to be the very first "King type" khanqa in Turkey.

Nowadays it is still visited by hundreds of thousands of Alevis, Bektashis and even Sunnis Muslims from Turkey, Albania and the Turkish diaspora in Europe and the Americas alike. Large festivals are held here every August. Since 2012, the Haji Bektash Veli complex is on the World Heritage Sites Tentative list of the UNESCO.

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