Says so Nasrettin Hoca (Hodja); and his grandsons
Hoca will also say many
other things; still funny and interesting; like
asked "What do they do with the old full moons?",
he will say
"They cut them up into small pieces and make the
Jump to some of his stories here
We started out our pages with our most famous fellow
personality, the Hoca (hodja).
Sivrihisar is the birthplace of Nasretting Hoca, who has been
making millions of people laugh and think internationally for
hundreds of years.
The oldest Nasreddin
Hodja story is found in the book called "Saltukname"
written in 1480, which also contains other folk stories and legends. It is stated in "Saltukname" that Hodja was born in
Sivrihisar and that the natives of Sivrihisar were famous for their
strange behavior and ingeniousness.
The different behavior of the natives of Sivrihisar is also mentioned in
a handwritten story book in
Biblioteque Nationale in Paris.
And a couple of small maps for a better
idea, or as a road map just in case..
as you can figure out from the picture and the above
map, it is a small but very old human settlement
with a history that goes back to thousands years, and many civilizations,
in the middle of Anatolia. The town and surrounding area have a
magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13
successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years. Even if you spend only a
short time around Sivrihisar, you can see a lot of this great past.
Sivrihisar's charm derives from its many
typical Ottoman houses which imbue the town with an air of bygone
The region of many civilizations and the historic battleground between
East and West, the Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Galatians, Romans,
Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans all fought for their sovereignty and
established their rule.
During its turbulent history, Central Anatolia has endured invasion by
great conquerors, such as Alexander the Great and Tamerlane (Timur).
town was always a cultural center along those far too many civilizations
and empires. That tradition has continued after the Turkish settlement
(1074 AD) and has given birth many brilliant cultural icons to the
Turkish history, like Nasrettin Hoca (Hodja), Yunus Emre and some
other personalities who were contributed to creation of a huge empire by
their educational, cultural and managerial skills. Some of the names that are very
well known in Istanbul like the Karaca Ahmet neighborhood and cemetery,
which is named after Karaca Ahmet Efendi; and the Kadikoy area, which is
named after the first Mayor (KADI) of Istanbul. They were all grown up
here ın this land.
The 13th-century Ulu Mosque, formerly a
caravanserai, and the Alemsah Mausoleum are very interesting and worth a
Connoisseurs of carpets and kilims will
know that kilims from Sivrihisar are particularly prized.
Near Sivrihisar, in the village Nasrettin
Hoca, the Nasrettin Hoca Museum has ethnographical displays as well as
amusing stories and pictures about the famous fabler.
Photos by Ali Rıza ÷ztekin
Not all pages in this web page were written in English; but most of them
easy to understand as the link subjects were given in both languages.
back soon for the upcoming details from the past, and present, and
hopefully more English translations from all subjects.
Thank you for your visit to our web site.