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CANBULAT SHRINE


Formerly this took the form of a stone sarcophagus surrounded iron bars under the Canbulat tower (originally  known as the Arsenal), a building of the Venetian period in Famagusta. The present Italian marble sarcophagus was erected in 1968 because the original one was deteriorting. The story relating to the hero Canbulat Bey, who was Sancak Bey, Governor of Kilis, is that he was killed in action during the Ottoman siege of Famagusta while trying to storm the Arsenal tower. The Venetians had set up a wheel covered with knives to cut to  pieces anyone trying to force an entrance into the town. Canbulat bravely charged the gate with his horse, and though both were killed, the wheel was put out of order. After the conquest the sarcophagus was erected beneath the tower named after him. Until recent times it was believed that any women eating figs from a fig tree growing near his tomb would give birth to boys as strong and healthy as Canbulat. This shrine, an important place of pilgrimage for Turks, is now open as a museum. Archaeological objects and ethnographical material  of the Ottoman period are on display including weapons, ceramics and also the wooden inscription from Kutup Osman's  tomb.


Northern Cyprus Department of Antiquities and Museums Directorate