Western Turkey museum to host Seljuk-era madrasa
DENİZLİ - Anadolu Agency
"This madrasah is the westernmost piece of the Seljuks found in Anatolia so far,” Mayor Osman Zolan said on Nov. 3 during his visit to the excavation site.
“We will unveil this open-air Turkish history museum next year, hopefully preserving and restoring the buildings there and transferring them to future generations."
The ruined walls of the ancient madrasah -- situated in the province’s 800-year-old Ilbadi Cemetary -- was found during the restoration of Mehmet Gazi Tomb, which belongs to Seljuk warrior Mehmet Gazi who died during Denizli's conquest.
The excavations later unearthed a fountain, a courtyard and the grave of the person who had built the madrasah, Kadir Pektaş, a professor at Istanbul Medeniyet University’s Art History Department, said.
"All of these ruins take us undoubtedly to [Seljuk] era,” Pektaş said during his visit to the site.
The madrasah dates back to 1250s. Approximately 100 years later this area was used as a cemetery,” he added.