East of Turkey, Ahlat which is district of Bitlis is one of the most important regions which includes lots of historical structures in it. In Ahlat which is like an open air museum, the gravestones and tombs (kumbets) have an important place among the historical structures. The Usta-Şagird Tomb which is the largest tomb in Ahlat, is also known as Ulu Kumbet. Since it hasn’t got a inscription, its building date and whom belongs to are not exactly known.having an elegant workmanship.The tomb stands on a high pedestal which is chamfered corners, 9 m. x 9 m. dimensions, square planned. İt is an elegant building with its cylindrical body and sharp conical cone. The Ustaşagird kumbet is an important structure among the Selcuk tombs with regards to its ornaments. The ornamennts in the Usta-Şagird Tomb densely exists in its body and cone. In the ornaments of the structure, motifs with geometrical,rumi and bitkisel patterns were used. The tomb has come to the present day intact.
Ahlat, Tomb, Ornamentation