Budapest, 09. 10. 2018., Tuesday (MTI) - Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the 16th-century poet Gül Baba was a representative of a heroic era when “the great sons
Budapest, 09. 10. 2018., Tuesday (MTI) – Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said that the 16th-century poet Gül Baba was a representative of a heroic era when “the great sons of our nations fought one another”. The heroism of the battles with their varying outcomes, he said, is a reminder of the two nations’ greatness, and an admonition that today we must rise to that level of greatness.
The Prime Minister was inaugurating a complex incorporating the Tomb of Gül Baba, in the company of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
At the ceremony the Prime Minister highlighted that in Turkey historical sites with links to Hungary are preserved in a fitting manner, and the agreement for the two countries’ joint restoration of the Tomb of Gül Baba is a recognition of this.
He said that Turkey is proud of its history and its built heritage outside its present-day borders, and that it researches and preserves remnants from its past – as strong and confident nations are accustomed to doing. Hungarians understand this, he said, because a considerable part of their cultural heritage is also now found outside its borders: they are proud of that heritage, and they preserve and renovate it whenever they can. He added that this is why the two countries have jointly restored the Tomb of Gül Baba, and why they have jointly inaugurated it.
Mr. Orbán highlighted that in 1914 the tomb was listed as a historic monument to be preserved, that many Turks have paid homage there, and that it has also been treasured by the citizens of Budapest. He said that the history of the structure – like that of Hungary – has been one of vicissitudes, but it has now regained its former glory.
He also pointed out that after the 1848–49 Revolution and War many Hungarian freedom fighters were banished from their country and found refuge in Turkey. In World War I, he added, Hungarians and Turks fought side by side as allies.
The Prime Minister expressed his wish for the building and its surrounding garden to be enjoyed by both Turks and Hungarians as a place for reflection, spiritual renewal and friendly encounters.
Mr. Orbán thanked those who took part in the restoration project for their work, and the Turkish President for supporting the initiative and for coming to Hungary for the inauguration ceremony.
The Turkish head of state stressed that, inspired by Gül Baba, measures will be enacted in order to strengthen Hungarian-Turkish friendship – not only in the field of culture, but also in that of economic relations.
He said that there is no one in Hungary who is not familiar with the story of Gül Baba, who died 477 years ago on the hill where his tomb came to be built. Despite the intervening years since, Mr. Erdoğan said, he has not been forgotten, and the values that he stood for – such as courage, self-sacrifice, a sense of justice and respect – have become important symbols.
Mr. Erdoğan stressed that Gül Baba is immortalised in respect, understanding and friendship between different cultures. He pointed out that, thanks to the respect and love he enjoys in Turkey and Hungary, his memory, name and wisdom will live on in the beautiful garden in which his tomb is set.
He said that preserving Gül Baba’s spiritual heritage also involves the task of preserving the tomb for generations to come. He stated that during restoration of the monument, the adjoining structures and the garden, tradition had been successfully combined with modernity.
The President of Turkey pointed out that the tomb is not the only monument in Hungary which serves as a reference to the two countries’ shared past. He observed that there are many such monuments, and that Mr. Orbán deserves thanks for Hungary’s preservation of them. Hitherto Turkey has supported this work, he said, and it will also provide every assistance in the future.
Mr. Erdoğan said that the roots of cooperation between Turks and Hungarians are indebted to the ideals of Gül Baba, while the tomb brings blessings and good fortune to the Hungarian people, and will further strengthen friendship between the two peoples.
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