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Ulu Mosque (Center)


The mosque constructed in 1150 by Ebu'l Muzaffer Muhammed is among the oldest samples of Anatolian Turkish architecture. Its strong stone architecture and its balcony front dome within the symmetric balanced plan which is firstly seen in this mosque emphasize the beginning of an important development. This plan continues its development in Artukian mosques afterwards.
Ahlat Vaults


Ulu Vault


Ulu Vault, which is the biggest of Ahlat vaults, is at south of Meydanlık Graveyard, and near to Lake Van. It is estimated that it is constructed during the XIIIth century. Huseyin Timur Vault: It is the one on the west of the two vaults, naming İki Kubbe District. That "Emir Huseyin Timur ibn Bugatay Aka died in 1279" is informed in the script on its entrance, and that "Husameddin Huseyin Aka Kizi Esentekin Hatun died in 1280" is informed in the script on east window.


Bugatay Aka Vault


The vault constructed for Bugatay Aka and Sirin Hatun who died in 1281, is at the east of Huseyin Timur Vault.


Hasan Sultan Vault


This vault in the Taht-i Suleiman District is the second most important and biggest monument in Ahlat after Ulu Vault. Erzen Hatun Vault: According to the script written on the crown door, the vault constructed for Emir Ali’s daughter Erzen Hatun between the years of 1396 and 1397 is the most ornamented one among the Ahlat Vaults.


Emir Bayindir Vault


The vault at the west of the İki Kubbe District, at the end of Meydanlık Graveyard is among the most interesting Ahlat vaults in art history. In the script which surrounds the vault from the upper part, the life and the characteristics of Melik Bayindir Bey, who died in 1481 are explained.


Kesis Vault


The vault in İki Kubbe District is the simplest piece of art of Ahlat. It is known as Kesis or Tek Vault.


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