GUZELHISAR AND AYDIN CEMETERIES
Aydın is located in the west part of Turkey called Agean region where Aegean sea is situated so it has a large piece of land as well as the coastline in Kusadası and Didim towns. Aydın was founded in 3000 BC and it was developed as a large town called as “ Tralleis “ in the period of Hittites. The golden ages were in Lydian times first and then it regained its improtance in Roman times between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD so the town has a lot of ancient city states not only Tralleis but also Magnesia on meander, Alabanda, Nyssa, Aphrodisias and the others. As we know from the ancient sources and the ruins at present the area has more than 17 different settlements. During the Roman era , Aphrodisias became of the seven churches for believers as well as banking and trade centers. The town was conquered by the Turks in 13th century AD with a new name called “Guzelhisar-a beautiful town “ and it became the capital of Aydınoglu emirates. Aydınoglu Mehmet and Isa emirates made a great contribution to enlarge the emirates and they contructed a lot of mosques, palaces, kiosks, madrasahs, baths, kulliyes-big complexes, stone bridges, shrines and graveyards. Today we have a lot of mosques both in towns & villages and in Aydın city center which belong to Aydınoglu emirate period. Guzelhisar was added to Ottoman empire in the beginning of 14th century but after 1402 Tamerlenk occupied the region after the batte-lefield of Ankara and Aydınogulları emirate was re-established. In 1413 it was re-conquered Ottoman sultan Chalabi Mehmet I and Ottoman reign began again. Guzelhisar was one of the improtant Ottoman towns for centuries on trade routes where the caravans used to stop so trade made this town as one of the wealthiest settlements. In 16th century AD after the Rhode island conquest, the region was given Cihanoglu family by Ottoman sultan Suleiman I to be ruled centralized in Koçarlı town and it lasted until 1900. It was occupied by Greek troops and two third of the total region was sucked and ruined by fires by Greeks after the World War I. It was saved in 1922 and it was declared as the province of including 17 towns with a new name Aydın. Aydın has 17 different towns today with old & historical cemeteries located in different areas with endengared both Seljuk & Aydınogulları emirate and Ottoman gravestones. Most of the historical graveyards are formed in the backyards of old mosques and just a few independendent Ottoman cemeterise can be seen today. Unfortunately most of the old graveyards and cemeteries especially in coastline were removed & disappeared after 1960s because of touism development plan so we have some historical graveyards with a limited number of gravestones. As we discovery the old graveyards, shrines, tombs and cemeteries , we will publish in our website as the years go by. We have only KUSADASI ADALIZADE cemetery and KOCARLI CIHANOGLU MOSQUE GRAVEYARD at present so you are informed by them only.