The famous Danish story teller Hans Cristian Andersen visited Gül Baba on June 1th, 1841 and wrote the following memory in his book "A Poet's Bazaar" p.188
"But before we sail again we will take a little trip on the other side of Buda, to the grave of Gül Baba and bring the turkish holy man a greeting from the Orient, from old İstanbul.. Who is that in there, lying stretched out, faced – down, a white felt hat without brim over his brow ? Did I not see him in the whirling derwishes ? It is a derwish - he walked here all the way on foot, over the mountains, through desert plains, here to this alien people, to the cristians’ city. His pilgrimmage is ended: as a memory of it he hangs on the wall a coloured, painted wooden swort and then he throws him self on his face and mumbles, “ There is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophed”...
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Galatasaray is familiar to you with the football club rather than the Lycee. But what you don't know that Gül Baba is the founder of Galatasaray Lyceum in Ýstanbul. The legend of how it was founded lays back in the 15th century. Sultan Bayezid was out hunting in a winter day what is now the Tophane-Galata area of Istanbul and he came upon an elderly Bektaschi Derwisch seated in his rose garden.
The man who was called Gül Baba (Rose Father) presented him a red and a yellow rose, the colors, which would later be adopted by the school. Sultan Bayazid was amazed "Roses in winter ? " he thought. The sultan was so taken with the gesture and had enjoyed his conversation with him to such an extent that he asked the man what he would like and the latter said for a school to be established there. The sultan kept his promise and, founded a Lyceum called Galatasaray. Gül baba became the first master of the school.To day Galatasaray Lycee and University plays an important role in Turkish culture There is a symbolic grave of Gül Baba in the garden of the Lyceum.. For centuries Gul Baba's grave has been an attraction for people, who came to pray to him, and to partake, if possible, in any good fortune which might come of this.
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Every body knows that Gül Baba introduced roses to Hungary. Rose is the symbol of beauty, purity, good character.But he also had another weapon a wooden-sword. Sword is the symbol of justice.
Gül Baba, the Turkish Bektaschi Derwisch, with a wooden-sword in his left hand and roses in his right hand is the protector and wacher of Budapest and Hungary. He is also the protector of all living and non living things in the very utmost frointer. Those who know Turkish can take a look at http://www.macaristan.org
Mausoleum of the Turkish dervish, Gul Baba (Roses' Father), who lived in 16th century, when the Ottomans started to occupy Buda.
Baba, revered as a saint, is buried in a pretty small building with eight walls and a oriental copula. His tomb, situated in neglected roses' garden, is a Muslim place of pilgrimage.
Open: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Entrance: 300 forints (a bit more than 1 euro)
Now - as far as I know - it is reconstructing and for this reason closed for tourist.
The tomb of Güll Baba is a noteworthy monument for for Mohammedan pilgrim. The Turkish armies secured possession of Buda in the mid 1500's when Güll Baba died during the victory celebrations. The tomb has been renovated twice in the late 1800's and again in the late 1900's, and today is beautifully reburbished.