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Karatay (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Karatay, two versions - Images by Jens Pattke, 29 March 2013 (first and second), and Tomislav Šipek, 3 June 2015 (last)

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Presentation of Karatay

The municipality of Karatay (275,987 inhabitants in 2012, 256,455 in the town proper; 26,122 ha) is one of the central districts of the town of Konya.

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016

Flag of Karatay

The flag of Karatay is white (photo), or red (photo), with the municipality's emblem. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the green conical dome that covers the tomb of Mevlânâ Celâleddîn-î Rûmî (biography). Quoting the UNESCO Portal:

The prominent Persian language poet, thinker and spiritual master, Mevlana Celaleddin Belhi-Rumi was born in 1207 in Balkh, presently Afghanistan. He lived almost all of his life in Konya, presently Turkey, and died there in 1273. He remains one of the greatest thinkers and scholars of Islamic civilization. The peoples of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey consider him to be their own poet. He addressed humanity as a whole: "I do not distinguish between the relative and the stranger."

Quoting Jess Lee (Exploring the Mevlana Museum: A Visitor's Guide):

The distinctive green conical dome which covers the tomb of philosopher, poet and religious leader Mevlânâ Celâleddîn-î Rûmî is the symbol of Konya. His mausoleum which incorporates the tekke (lodge) of the world famous whirling dervish sect of Sufism that he founded is now a museum where pilgrims come to pay their respects to one of Turkey's - and the world's - greatest religious mystics.
Although most famous outside of Turkey for his poetry (including his renowned 25,000 verse Mathnawi poem) for believers Mevlânâ is revered as a saint and his mausoleum is a holy place. His words, preaching tolerance and acceptance, have echoed down through the centuries. With one of his most famous verses stating: "Come, whoever you may be. Even if you may be an infidel, a pagan, or a fire-worshipper, come. Ours is not a brotherhood of despair. Even if you have broken your vows of repentance a hundred times, come".
The tekke's present layout dates from the 16th century, long after Mevlânâ's death. The only part of the lodge that dates from the 13th century when Mevlânâ lived is his mausoleum.

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016

District government

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Flag of the Karatay district government - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 3 June 2015

The flag of the Karatay district government (photo) is white with the government's emblem in the middle. "Kaymakamlığı" means "District government".

Tomislav Šipek, 3 June 2015