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Oct 10, 2018

PM Orbán and President Erdogan unveil renovated 16th century tomb of Gül Baba

The tomb of Gül Baba is the burial place of the dervish poet and soldier sent to Buda in 1541 by Sultan Suleiman

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated the renovated 16th century tomb of Gül Baba on Tuesday.

The tomb is the burial place of the dervish poet and soldier sent to Buda in 1541 by Sultan Suleiman.

PM Orbán said Gül Baba was born in a “gallant era when the great sons of our nations fought each other”. He added that the heroism of those “battles with changing outcomes should remind us of the greatness of our nations.”

The prime minister said that Hungarian memorials are well cared for in Turkey, and Hungary wished to return the favor by renovating the tomb in Budapest.

The Ottoman Empire occupied Hungary between 1526-1686, leaving a lasting linguistic, cultural and architectural impact.

The Castle of Buda was freed from Ottoman rule in 1686 and the tomb of Gül Baba was used as a Jesuit chapel until the 20th century.