A sufi in Budapest
Cross-posted from here
Legend has it that a Bektashi dervish who was also a companion of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent introduced roses to the city of Budapest. This man was thus named Gul Baba – Gul meaning â€˜flowerâ€™ in Persian and Urdu. I am not sure if the legend is true but I was surely surprised to find the tomb of a 16th century sufi saint in Budapest. Of all places in the world, I didnâ€™t expect to come across a sufi shrine there. But perhaps itâ€™s not that unusual since the Ottomans ruled Hungary for 150 years and some traces of their occupation still linger in the form of architecture. Budapest still has a couple of original Turkish baths that are still open and functioning.
The shrine of Gul baba is located in the city centre on Mescet (Mosque) Utca.