The Masterpieces Of Ahlat in Bitlis Turkey – Chapter 1, Close to the northwest shores of Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia is the lovely sub-province of Ahlat. The city of Ahlat used to be a thriving, renowned city of a hundred thousand inhabitants, called Kubbet-al-Islam (Dome of Islam) during the Seljuk period. Ahlat was one
The Masterpieces Of Ahlat in Bitlis Turkey – Chapter 2, These hundreds and thousands of gravestones in rows are each a monument representing Turkish decoration and tastes, dating from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Besides the traditional Seljuk motifs which decorate the gravestones of Ahlat the writing inscribed upon them is of value in itself.