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Flag of Ahlat, current and former versions - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 25 October 2017
The flag of Ahlat (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem. The former flag of Ahlat (photo) was white with the municipality's former emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
In the emblem, letter "A" of Ahlayt forms the silhouette of a kümbet,
recalling that the Ahlat district keeps 14 such funerary monuments,
erected in the the famous Ahlat stone. Most of them date back to the
Seljuk period. The oldest Ahlat I>kümbet, built in 1222n, was dedicated
to Sheik Necmettin.
A kümbet has generally two floors. The ground floor is the grave room, while the upper floor is arranged as an area of worship.
[Emlakea Sondakika, 8 July 2014]
The "h" and "l" of Ahlat represents the old Seljuk cemetery.
Ahlat houses the the world's largest Muslim cemetery and the first established in Anatolia by the Seljuk Turks. Ahlat was used as the military base for raids through inner parts of Asia Minor which used to be under authority of Byzantines. Ahlat became a Turkish town after the the battle of Mankizert (1071). Accordingly, the town is full of Turkish cemeteries for martrys lost in wars; gravestones were erected in the oldest Turkmen traditions with written inscriptions. The cemetery includes more than 8,000 gravestones and sarcophagi. About 1,000 of them are very tall, 3.5-4 m in height and have beautiful decorations with written inscriptions in rectangular cartouches on each side.
The Turkish government has applied to UNESCO for the registration of Ahlat gravestones into the World Heritage List in 1983.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 27 October 2017
Flag of the Ahlat district government - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 2 July 2015
The flag of the Ahlat district government (photo) is white with the government's emblem. "Kaymakamlığı" means "District government".
Tomislav Šipek, 2 July 2015