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Chasib Baba ,Bekctashic Tekkes

Georgios Tsigaras
Source: C.E.T.I./R.C. Athena
© Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace
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LOCATION:The building is located in Xanthi , in Asha district on the corner of Christos Kopsidas Street and Stratos Avenue.

THE MONUMENT:The tekke is surrounded by a small courtyard and nowadays is "lost" in modern blocks of flats.
It is a quadrilateral stone built , tiled roof building.In the building ther is an octagonal cupola decorated with geometrical figures and on its base there is a simple wooden frame.
In the centre of the room there is Chasib Baba's tomb,the wooden casket is covered with green cloth on which there is a big string of beads.On the wall opposite the entrance is small wooden pulpit with the inscription :Allah, Ya Muhammed, Ya Ali, Ya Hasan, Ya Huseyin names that represent the Bekctashic five.On the wall over the pulpit there are the Bekctashic symbols:Three axes,a small bone cane ,a horn,and a bone wand.At the lintel of the entrance there is a marble inscription.According to it the establisher or renovator of the tekke was Chatzi Chasip Baba who was helped by Ibrahim Baba(1883).

In the courtyard there are four marble graves.The first one is Ibrahim Baba's,who is the the owner of the tekke.He died in 1893.The decoration of the headstone has a τρίπτυχη embossed mitre(symbolizes the twelve Himams ),a sculptured cloak and a 12-cornered charm (teslı taşı).Next to it there is the tomb of Chasib Bey,owner of the tekke(1921).The two other tombs are behind the right wall and belong to the priors of the tekke,Chatzi Salim Baba from Kadirli who died in 1902 and Arif Baba who died in 1902.On those tombs there is an incised mitre (ethemı taç),which is a characteristic of married Bekctash but also of the women of the order.