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Ahlat is a historic town and a district in Turkey's Bitlis Province in Eastern Anatolia Region. The town is situated on the northwestern coast of the lake Van. Ahlat is famed for its Seljuk period graveyards, whose magnificent architecture and stone carving have led historians to describe it as the land of the Seljuk renaissance. These tombs number among the greatest monuments of early Turkish civilisation in Anatolia. This graveyard is situated on a 210.000 metersquare area and contain more than 8000 tombs. The history of this graveyard date back to the 13th century.Most gravestones are stand-up type, a meter and a half or even two meters high, with geometric patterns, in some cases with pictorial elements. The length of the tombstone is an indication of the social esteem of the deceased.
Efforts led by the local administation are presently being made with a view to including the tombstones in UNESCO's World Heritage List, where they are currently listed tentatively.

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  • Copyright: uc yuksel (ucyuksel) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 19] (116)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-00
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-28 11:46
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