This place has the “post”s of Bektashis. “Post” is the leather of an animal like sheep, lion, leopard, etc. The owner’s name is written over every “post”. This hall had been used for reunions, I think.
Windows of the places in museum have a strange shape. They have a small opening at the outside but it gets bigger inside through the wall. This provides much light with less heat loss.
The ceiling is worth mentioning. It has a beautiful geometrical shape, getting smaller through the center. It symbolizes eternity.
After the museum, we had a ride to Cilehane. It was a memorial park which contains statues of Alevi and Bektashi poet/songwriters and graves of some of them. “Ozan” or “Asik” is the word we use for these people and the closest translation is bard or minstrel, I think.
You can walk up, to the small hill between the statues. Visit some of them; they have some devices with buttons around. If you push the button you can listen to a song of the owner of the statue. There is a rock above the hill called “Delikli Tas”, “Rock with the hole”. Alevi people believe that you can pass the hole if you are innocent. So, it is a tradition to crawl through the hole. It was crowded around the rock so I couldn’t see the hole well, but it is really narrow and hard to crawl if you are claustrophobic. So, don’t count on your innocence.
This was our first stop in Hacibektas. There is a parking lot near the museum. Across the parking lot, there was a sign: “Ataturk Evi”. It is the house Mustafa Kemal Ataturk stayed during his visit.
After walking in front of the souvenir shops, we came to a small square. There was a monument of Haci Bektas-i Veli, a sign showing the map of area, a tourism information office (which was closed) and the entrance of the museum in this square.
Museum is established in 1964. It is a complex of building which built in different centuries. Main building is a Cilehane from the era of Haci Bektas-i Veli. The complex reached its final position with the restoration in 1964.
There is a nicely decorated fountain at the entrance court (aka “Nadar Court”). Decorations are familiar, like Magen David. After that, you’ll pass the ticket office and enter the second court (Dergah Court). A fountain plus poll will welcome you. On your right there is another fountain, water pours from the mouth of a lion. People come and fill their bottles here, so hard to take a picture. There is a grave infron of the fountain. The owner wanted to be buried on the walkway to punish himself. There is a poem explaining his story on the pillar above the grave. There are some doors opening to the second court. One of them is kitchen; another to the main hall, one of them belongs to a mosque, etc. And there is a gate to a third court. This place contains the museum and some tombs and graves of important Bektashi characters like Balim Sultan. Guvenc Abdal and. Haci Bektasi Veli tombs are inside the museum.
(The link below is in Turkish.)