Cebeci Asri Cemetery

The Cebeci Asri Cemetery (Turkish: Cebeci Asri Mezarlığı) is a cemetery located in the Cebeci quarter of central Ankara, Turkey serving multiple religions. It was the first modern burial place in the capital city, and is the final resting place of many prominent figures.

Cebeci Asri Mezarlığı

Cebeci Asri Cemetery
Country Turkey
Type Public
No. of graves 220,000

As of 2005, the total number of graves in the Cebeci Asri Cemetery was 220,000, with 121,000 for males and 99,000 for females. The burial rate was two per day. Administered by the municipality, it is the second largest cemetery in Ankara after Karşıyaka Cemetery.[1]

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In 2000, the Metropolitan Municipality of Ankara completed an information system (MEBİS) allowing visitors to search and locate a given person’s grave within the three main cemeteries of Ankara. Computer terminals in interactive kiosks placed at the entrance of the cemetery enable visitors to quickly find the location of their relatives’ graves. The system also shows the shortest path to graves on a cemetery plan.[2]

Most graves in the cemetery have an east-west alignment, as Muslims are buried facing southeast towards Mecca in accordance with Islamic law. Members of other religious groups, such as Jews and Christians, are buried in Cebeci Asri Cemetery with a north-south orientation.

Someone discovered that about ten thousand Muslims are buried with the incorrect north-south alignment.[citation needed] The director of cemeteries in Ankara announced that the mistake was made fifteen years ago, and could no longer be corrected.[3]Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı, the country’s highest Islamic institution, supported this determination. It ruled that correction of the orientation of the graves would be disrespectful to the dead, and therefore unnecessary.[4]

Listed in alphabetical order of family names.

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