VIDEO: Watch how the Ertugrul’s tomb became a hotspot for tourists after the drama gained worldwide popularity
The small scenic settlement was never on the list of foreign or local tourists until, as locals say, it was "resurrected" from the past.
Thanks to the famous Turkish series Resurrection: Ertugrul that is being beamed around the world, the once-forgotten town ‘Sogut’ is now experiencing a tourism growth.
Sogut is a town of nearly 14,000 people. Unlike Turkey’s major tourist destinations, including Antalya, Istanbul, Izmir, and others, the small scenic settlement was never on the list of foreign or local tourists until, as locals say, it was “resurrected” from the past.
The history of Turkey’s antecedent state, the mighty Ottoman Empire, is deeply rooted in the small rural town.
The tomb of Ertugrul
The main attraction in Sogut is the tomb of Ertugrul, where tourist numbers have increased in the past few years. It was an ordinary grave until 1886 when it was turned into a decorated tomb.
Freestanding flags of several Turkic nations decorate the inside of the structure. Moreover, surrounding the grave are small boxes carrying packets of soil brought from former governorates of the Ottoman Empire in Ertugrul’s honor. A Kayi flag –– with a bow and two arrows adorned on a blue cloth –– and a Turkish flag stands on either side at the top of the grave.
Outside the mausoleum are the graves of the Ertugrul’s wife, Haleeme Hatun, his second son, Savci Bey, and 19 honorary graves of the Kayi leader’s friends and warriors.
Nearby, marquees have been set up for selling Kayi products: swords, leather armor, fur hats, flags, Bey Caps, tribal attire, and gifts for fans of the series.
More than 51 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2018, a rise of 13.7% from the previous year.
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