AN INVESTIGATION TO UNDERSTAND HISTORY, IDENTITY AND DESIGN
LANGUAGE AND NEWLY FOUND SELJUK GRAFFITY OF
ALANYA, AKŞEBE MASJID AND TOMB
ALANYA AKŞEBE MASJID
It was built at 1230. The masjid was belong to one of the commanders of Seljuk Sultan Alaaddin Keykubad, who gave his name to the site which was occupied before 7 years. While the Sultan was going to his palace, he was passing through the masjid.
ALANYA AKŞEBE TOMB
Alanya Akşebe Tomb has applicated to the Masjid after 22 years (this data is exposed by us within the restoration project) and has been left in a city of Anatolia which was occupied by Mongolians and not interested by any seljuk sultans after that. There is no evidence about the building and the founder of the tomb.
As the discussions still continues about the name of the building, is it akşe or akşebe and is it sultan or bey, the measured survey and restoration project team has started to questioning the source of the building in October 2008. The expectation was hearing the voice of Akşebe and traces which come from the building itself while touching all of the Stones and bricks one by one. Many people touched these walls through the years and so many people damaged its originality but there should be a language of design. And the last word is said by Akşebe.
There are three spaces and a minaret, according to İ. Hakkı Konyalı these places are masjid, semi open mesjid and a grave room(tomb), Vakıflar General Management entitiled the building as dervish lodge and adding that Hakkı Önkal called the spaces as entrance, tomb and masjid. Early visitors stated that there were not an existing mihrab niche but in the other hand there is a minaret covered with turquoise glazed tiles. There was no sarcophagus but still it was called as tomb.
During the work, colored ornaments were noticed on the original walls which is remained from the later reparements. Red, green and orange colored animal figures and floral ornaments were detected when the wall has been wetted attentively but the wall is already get wet because of a problem about the superstructure. Researchers had been mentioned the smaller dome but verses of the Koran were not read before, so these verses have been read and documented within this study.
And at the last stop of the study, may be in the last 5 days of our work, the five lined graffiti took our attention. While the Arabic latters were being copied on the tine nylon under the pale torch light, space started to talking, history came to life and i know, Akşebe was also there. The wall which was not known and not seen by any researchers, and because of the absence of paintings or letters it has been left incompletely, was telling that the building was built at H. 652 for Akşebe and it belongs to Seljuk Period.
Within this manifest; it is going to be declared that how Akşebe Sultan Masjid started to talk during the projects preparation, importance of understanding the own design language of the building will be mentioned, history of the building and building techniques will be defined, with comparing the 13th century Seljuk masjids, the transmittings of new founds to the history of Alanya and Seljuk period. will be proclaimed.
Presentation includes declarations based on earlier photos and written sources related to the building but the important point is effort and methods were impoved by Project Team to understand the design language. Finally Seljuk graffiti is firstly going to be presented for the science and history.
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