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Where the 'father of roses' finds eternal peace
Down near the Buda foot of Margaret Bridge, you can walk up Mecset (mosque) utca, or climb the steep, cobbled medieval street of Gül Baba utca and come to the Tomb of Gül Baba. Gül Baba was a Turkish dervish saint, companion of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent and a member of the Bektashi order.
His name means ‘father of roses’ and, according to legend, he introduced the flower to Budapest, thus giving the name Rózsadomb (Rose Hill) to the area. Inside the mausoleum, renovated by the Turkish government, are verses inscribed by Turkish traveler Evliya Tselebi in 1663. This is the northernmost active centre of pilgrimage for Bektashi Muslims. All around the hilltop mausoleum are fantastic views of the city.
The tomb is at the foot of Rózsadomb, for generations Budapest’s ritziest residential area. It was said in Communist times that inhabitants of airy Rózsadomb had the same life expectancy as in Austria, while denizens of polluted Pest below had the life expectancy of Syria. It’s a quiet area with few tourist attractions.