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Hidirlik Hill

 

It is certain that tourists coming to Beypazari firstly go to Hidirlik Hill to see a panaromic view of Beypazarı. While you are climbing this hill to reach the top, you become sure that you will see a picturesque beauty... After a few minutes you see the new part of Beypazari, because this hill divides the city into two parts named as new and old Beypazari. After you park your car and walk 50 metres, the glory of Ottoman architecture fascinates you. You cannot believe your eyes because it is a journey to the past.

 

Why Hidirlik or Hidrellez name? "Hidrellez", is one of the seasonal festivals of all Turkish world which is celebrated as the first day of the "early summer". It is also "day of Hızır", the day on which prophets Hızır and Ilyas met with each other on earth. The words Hızır and İlyas have since fused together pronounced as Hıdrellez. Hıdrellez Day falls on May 5-6. There are various theories about the origin of Hızır and Hıdrellez. Various ceremonies and rituals have been performed for various gods with the arrival of spring or summer in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Iran, Greece and in fact all eastern Mediterranean countries since ancient times. One widespread belief suggests that Hızır is a prophet who has attained immortality by drinking the water of life (ab-ı hayat), and who has reached God, and wanders around among people from time to time, especially in the spring, and helps people in difficulty and distributes plenty and health. The identity of Hızır, the place and the time he lived in are not certain. Hızır is the symbol of spring, and the new life which emerges with it. In Turkey, where belief in Hızır is widespread, the characteristics attributed to him are as follows:

Hızır rushes to the aid of people in difficulty and grants peoples’ wishes.
• He always helps well-meaning, benevolent people.
• He brings plenty and wealth wherever he stops.
• He brings remedies to those who are troubled and health to the sick.
• He helps plants to grow, animals to reproduce, and human beings to grow strong
• He helps improve peoples’ fortune.
• He is the symbol of good omens.
• He has the God-given power of working miracles.

 

Hidirlik Hill is also very important for Beypazari. Kite Festivals and Fireworks Festival are celebrated on that point.

Note: Some information about Hidrellez are copied from other sources...

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