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Gül Baba tomb becomes popular destination in Hungarian capital Budapest

The Tomb of Gül Baba -- 16th century Ottoman dervish -- is attracting plenty of visitors in the Hungarian capital Budapest.

Opened in 2018 after a joint renovation project of Turkey and Hungary, nearly 7,000 visitors visited the tomb last month, according to a statement issued by the Gül Baba Foundation.

The statement said while majority of the visitors were Hungarians, nearly 40% were foreigners, especially Turks.

The Foundation further stated that the visitors are not only getting an opportunity to learn about the era that Gül Baba lived, but are also getting a toast about Turkish - Hungarian relations.

Gül Baba -- which means Father of Roses -- was an Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet and a companion of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent-the tenth and longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1520-1566.

Gül Baba died in 1541 in , when the region was under the Ottoman rule. His octagonal tomb was built three years later in Rozsadomb (Rose Hill).

The structure was restored after a protocol was signed between Turkey and Hungary in 2014.

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