Open main menu

The Karacaahmet Cemetery (Turkish: Karacaahmet Mezarlığı) is a 700-year-old historic cemetery, located in Üsküdar, the Asian side of Istanbul. Karacaahmet cemetery is the oldest in Istanbul and at 750 acres (3.0 km2), the largest burial ground in Turkey.

Karacaahmet Mezarlığı
Karacaahmet 1.jpg
Old gravestones in Karacaahmet Cemetery
Karacaahmet Cemetery is located in Istanbul
Karacaahmet Cemetery
Karacaahmet Cemetery
EstablishedMid-14th century
Coordinates41°00′40″N 29°01′34″E / 41.01111°N 29.02611°E / 41.01111; 29.02611Coordinates: 41°00′40″N 29°01′34″E / 41.01111°N 29.02611°E / 41.01111; 29.02611
Owned byIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Size750 acres (3.0 km2)
No. of intermentsover 1 million
WebsiteİBB Mezarlıklar Md. website

The cemetery was named after a warrior companion of Orhan I, the second Ottoman sultan and is believed to have been founded in the mid-14th century. It is estimated that over a million people are interred in the non-profit cemetery.[1]

Karacaahmet Cemetery comprises 12 parcels, each dedicated to different religious groups. Many historical headstones can still be seen with inscriptions written in the Ottoman Turkish alphabet, a version of the Arabic alphabet,. The burial ground is covered by high cypress trees.[2]

The shrine of Karaca Ahmet Sultan, a 13th-century physician and saint of Alevis, a sect of Islam, is situated within the cemetery.[3] There are also many other historical tombs and masjids, which is the Arabic word for mosques, built during the Ottoman period.


Notable burialsEdit

List in sorted order of the year of death.

  • Nihal Atsız (1905–1975), nationalist writer, novelist, poet and philosopher

Damage by Marmaray projectEdit

By June 2007, a dent of 1.5 m diameter and 4 m depth occurred close to the cemetery wall, which was caused by the excavation works in the tunnel for Marmaray project. It was reported that some graves were damaged.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Time Out Istanbul". Time Out. Retrieved 2007-09-02.
  2. ^ Municipality of Üsküdar Archived 2007-12-11 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  3. ^ European Alevi Unions Confederation official website (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Program kapsamında, anma toplantısı öncesinde Ali Bey Hüseyinzade’nin Üsküdardaki Karacaahmet Mezarlığındaki kabri ziyaret edildi. Archived 2014-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Whitney Smith. Flag Lore Of All Nations. — Millbrook Press, 2001. — P. 13. — ISBN 9780761317531
  6. ^ "Nükhet Ruacan öldü". Habertürk (in Turkish). 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. ^ Türk, Ümit (2015-04-26). "Oktay Sinanoğlu son yolculuğuna uğurlandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-04-26.
  8. ^ "Binlerce Kişi İbrahim Erkal'ı Son Yolculuğuna Uğurladı". Milliyet. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Turkish football legend 'Sinyor' Can Bartu dies at 83". Hürriyet Daily News. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  10. ^ Istanbul News (in Turkish)