Sheikh Hamid-I Wali

 Darende,Malatya Province, Turkey


Sheikh Hamid-I Wali, was born in the mid 14th century (1331) in the village of Akcakaya in Kayseri. When he was a young man he left home to travel to different centers of learning in the Islamic world.
Somuncu Baba is one of the virtuous men who came to Anadolu for spiritual conquest, he was also a grandchild of Islamic prophet Muhammad After receiving an education in cities which are the center of knowledge like Sam, Tabriz, Erdebil, he settled in Bursa for his guidance and duty. He taught at the Bursa Grand Mosque where he was installed by Sultan Bayezid I after it was completed. For hiding his sipiritual side he built a bakery next to his hermitage and freely distributed loaves of bread to local people. Because of his sanctity, sanctity and abundant generosity he was given the name Somuncu Baba, meaning 'Father of Loaf'. After some time as the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Bursa, the Sheikh went upon a pilgrimage to Mecca in the company of his son and other disciples. Following his pilgrimage to Mecca, Somunca Baba came to the small town of Darende and lived the final years of his life near a sacred pool at the foot of high cliffs along the Tohma River. Disciples visited the saint at his simple cell and upon his death in 1412, the site became a pilgrimage shrine.

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In 1685, the shrine was incorporated into a religious complex of mosque and tombs. The sacred spring, which emanates from a hidden source in the cliff walls and ends at a small pool at the base of the minaret, has a constant temperature of 16 degrees centigrade and is filled with enormous orange fish. Inside the shrine is a reliquary with two hairs of the Prophet Muhammad and the tombs of Somunca Baba and his son HalilTaybi.

  How to Reach: Darende is stated on the D300 highway which links Ankara and Istanbul to Malatya and some 12 other cities . The distance to Malatya is 110 km Sivas 180 km and Kayseri 250 km. The arrival from Darende to other cities is done by the long-distance bus. Malatya Airport is approx 474 km. There is also the Erhaç Airport which has flights to Ankara and Istanbul everyday. It is 80 km away Darende.,

Nearest City : Darende
Nearest Bus Stop : Darende
Nearest Airport : Malatya Airport
Nearest Railway Station : -
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