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Arabati Baba Teke

In 1538, Sersem Ali Baba began to build the Teke Monastery, which lasted until 1548. This building was later named as Arabati Teke, which means a holy building or a temple. With the revival of the Teke, many activities began, such as writing and creating in many spheres, the enlargement of the Teke with other buildings, as the seat of the Bektasian Islam. Apart from functioning as a centre in the religious sphere, it spread its function in the cultural and educational sphere as well.

In the buildings of Arabati Teke, there were done many different ornaments that gave the Teke an oriental view. The buildings, apart from the ornaments, have many writings of different contents. The architectural form of every building presents something special together with its roofs, columns, chimneys, the order of the buildings, the colourful exterior walls, and many other cultural values.

In the yard of the Teke, there is a large greenery with different flowers and roses which blend with the fresh air of the Sharr Mountain. All these elements enabled that this Teke with its oriental style be special and hounoured in the region and beyond Balkans.

Parts of the Arabati Baba Teke are:

-       The main inn

-       The library

-       The winter house

-       The kitchen

-       The main prayer room

-       The fountain

-       The main drinking fountain

-       The fourth tower (The tower of Fatime)

-       A house for living (now burnt)

-       The turbe

-       The cemetery

-       The military building

-       Stable I

-       Stable II

-       The auxiliary building 

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