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Long Bazaar Walls And Inscriptions

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Entering through Forty Stairs to Kaleici, it may catch your eye that there are Roman columns laid on their sides in the inner walls which surroundthe northern part of the city the ends of these columns employed as an area for inscription. The inscription in Arabic placed in the walls which continuing along the street of UzunÇarşı towards Kale Kapısıwhen the inscribed parts are read together, record the entireFetihname of İzzed-DinKeykavus who recaptured Antalya in 1216 during the month of fasting after the revolt against Seljuk rule of 1212. This conquest inscription should have 44 parts, but some have been lost from storage, 26 remain in position, while 7 of them are preserved in the Antalya Museum. In the first part of the inscription, the profession of faith and the re-conquest of Antalya happened with the help of God. The second section describes the reasons for the conquest by the Sultan and it is mentioned that the locals returned to unbelief after Sultan Giyathed-Din’s death, and the inscription also gives the titles of the Sultan İzzed-Din Keykavus. In the progress of inscription is given Information about the siege of Antalya and the history of the conquest. Included in the last section are the Sultan’s orders concerning the repair of the castle which was damaged during the siege and because of the conquestthe Sultan expressed once again his gratitude to God.

 
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