Karacaahmet Cemetery

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Karacaahmet Mezarlığı
Karacaahmet 1.jpg
Old gravestones in Karacaahmet Cemetery
Karacaahmet Cemetery is located in Istanbul
Karacaahmet Cemetery
Karacaahmet Cemetery
Established Mid-14th century
Location Üsküdar, Istanbul
Country Turkey
Coordinates 41°00′40″N 29°01′34″E / 41.01111°N 29.02611°E / 41.01111; 29.02611Coordinates: 41°00′40″N 29°01′34″E / 41.01111°N 29.02611°E / 41.01111; 29.02611
Type Public
Owned by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Size 750 acres (3.0 km2)
No. of interments over 1 million
Website İBB Mezarlıklar Md. website

The Karacaahmet Cemetery (Turkish: Karacaahmet Mezarlığı) is a 700-year-old historic cemetery, located in Üsküdar, the Asian side of Istanbul. Karacaahmet cemetery is the oldest in Istanbul and at 750 acres (3.0 km2), the largest burial ground in Turkey.

The cemetery was named after a warrior companion of Orhan I, the second Ottoman sultan and is believed to have been founded in the mid-14th century. It is estimated that over a million people are interred in the non-profit cemetery.[1]

Karacaahmet Cemetery comprises 12 parcels, each dedicated to different religious groups. Many historical headstones can still be seen with inscriptions written in the Ottoman Turkish alphabet, a version of the Arabic alphabet,. The burial ground is covered by high cypress trees.[2]

The shrine of Karaca Ahmet Sultan, a 13th-century physician and saint of Alevis, a sect of Islam, is situated within the cemetery.[3] There are also many other historical tombs and masjids, which is the Arabic word for mosques, built during the Ottoman period.

Notable burials[edit]

List in sorted order of the year of death.

  • Nihal Atsız (1905–1975), nationalist writer, novelist, poet and philosopher
  • Deniz Lokman (1974–1996), model
  • Esin Afşar (1936–2011), singer and stage actress
  • Sait Maden (1931–2013), translator, poet, painter and graphic designer
  • Oktay Sinanoğlu (1935–2015), theoretical chemist[7]
  • Tahsin Şahinkaya (1925–2015), Air Force general and one of the five leaders of the 1980 military coup
  • Kübra Meltem Mollaoğlu (1970–2015), civil activists parliamentary candidate

Damage by Marmaray project[edit]

By June 2007, a dent of 1.5 m diameter and 4 m depth occurred close to the cemetery wall, which was caused by the excavation works in the tunnel for Marmaray project. It was reported that some graves were damaged.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Time Out Istanbul". Time Out. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  2. ^ Municipality of Üsküdar Archived 2007-12-11 at the Wayback Machine. (in Turkish)
  3. ^ European Alevi Unions Confederation official website (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Program kapsamında, anma toplantısı öncesinde Ali Bey Hüseyinzade’nin Üsküdardaki Karacaahmet Mezarlığındaki kabri ziyaret edildi. Archived 2014-05-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Whitney Smith. Flag Lore Of All Nations. — Millbrook Press, 2001. — P. 13. — ISBN 9780761317531
  6. ^ "Nükhet Ruacan öldü". Habertürk (in Turkish). 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  7. ^ Türk, Ümit (2015-04-26). "Oktay Sinanoğlu son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  8. ^ Istanbul News (in Turkish)