Infinity of Love and Tolerance
Hacı Bektaş Veli Complex
World Heritage List Date of Submission to the Tentative: 13/04/2012
Ref. Nr: 5735
INFINITY OF LOVE AND TOLERANCE
Hacıbektaş-ı Veli, is an Islamic mystic and thinker of Turkish origin, born in the city of Khorasan, of present day Turkestan. He had great impact on the establishment of the Ottoman Empire and the turkization of Anatolia. His teachings based on loving God, the universe and humans and showing compassion form the basis of the Bektashi sect, which has existed not only in Anatolia but also in the Balkans and the Middle East. Moreover, these teachings based on respect and compassion, are also congruent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Recognized as the center of the sect where the teachings of Bektashism have emerged and spread to the world, the Haci Bektash Veli Complex has become a World Heritage List candidate for its significance as the center of an internationally renowned belief system and for its structure, as the tomb and interior design illustrate the use of rituals and symbols of the sect in architecture.